Desoto County News

Silo Square set for Buy a Tree, Change a Life

Your purchase of a Christmas tree again this year can help children in need.  

Silo Square has again partnered with a national effort called “Buy a Tree, Change a Life.” 

Since 2012, Buy a Tree, Change a Life has used proceeds from Christmas tree sales to benefit children in need.  A family in Homestead, Florida started Buy a Tree, Change a Life when they were needing to raise money to adopt a child from Ethiopia.  The church the family attended helped raise the money through tree sales.  

Since then, a non-profit organization called was founded and leads Buy a Tree, Change a Life. This year, there are over 60 sites nationwide around this project.  About $5.6 million has been raised that helps children, both locally and nationally.  

At Silo Square this year, tree sales will be held between Nov. 18-Dec. 4, an end date tentative based on remaining tree availability.

Last year, about $250,000 was raised through Christmas tree sales at Silo Square, a one-site record amount for Buy a Tree, Change a Life.  

2021 Buy A Tree, Change A Life check reveal. (Courtesy photo)

Half of the proceeds stay locally with Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center, which serves abused and foster children in the local community. The remaining 50 percent will be donated to orphanages around the world. 

For more information about the project visit

Click here for our coverage of last year’s Buy a Tree, Change a Life ribbon cutting.