Saint Alphonsus cancels 2021 Festival of Trees

St. Alphonsus cancels 2021 Festival of Trees
Posted at 4:46 PM, Aug 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-04 09:05:00-04

BOISE, Idaho — A resurgence in coronavirus cases in Idaho is forcing event planners to reconsider plans for some fall events.

Each year, Saint Alphonsus hosts its Festival of Trees event the week of Thanksgiving. The event is geared towards raising money for a specific unit within the Saint Alphonsus hospitals.

This year's event is already being canceled as coronavirus cases continue to climb locally.

Rebecca Watkins, a co-chair for the event, says making the decision three months in advance was tough but necessary.

The Festival of Trees is made possible with the help of volunteers and is planned about a year in advance. Taking not only safety into consideration but the time and money volunteers would invest, Watkins believes making the call now was right.

This year‘s beneficiary would’ve been the new Neuro/Trauma Intensive Care Unit at the Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Despite the change in plans, Watkins encourages would-be attendees and sponsors to consider donating money directly to the Foundation instead.