Tree donation aids St. Stephen’s school drive |

Tree donation aids St. Stephen’s school drive

The gracious heart of a new parishioner at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs is helping the church realize its dream to build a new school with a special Christmas season fundraiser.

Rick Padrnos, director of religious education for the parish, said the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, agreed to provide as many Christmas trees as the church can sell to raise money for the school.

At $25 apiece, regardless of the size of tree, it’s one of the best deals in town for a Christmas tree, Padrnos said.

The parish would like to raise another $15,000 through the tree-selling effort, which is a small step toward the $3 million capital campaign to build the new school building. But a significant one nonetheless, he said.

“With all the bad news lately, I just thought, ‘Wow, here’s a good story for a change,’” Padrnos said. “It really is the Holy Spirit at work to help build a new school for these kids.”

The trees are being sold during the day by the students themselves at the school on Blake Avenue, next to St. Stephen church. People can also pick up a tree after school hours from a volunteer, or even “on the honor system” if no one is around, he said.

The tree donor just wanted to show his gratitude, but did not want any particular recognition, Padrnos said.

The parish is hoping to break ground on the new school next year.

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