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Wonderland of Trees spruces up mall
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Three Star Mall is overflowing with beautifully decorated Christmas trees as part of the ninth annual Wonderland of Trees taking place through Saturday. The event benefits Caring Hearts United, a nonprofit which was co-founded by Dianne Sneed, pictured above.
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Christmas trees of all shapes will go to the highest bidder in a silent auction now underway at Three Star Mall as part of Wonderland of Trees.

The trees have been placed around Three Star Mall with care with hopes that bidders will soon be there.

The ninth annual Wonderland of Trees is underway at the mall with right at 30 Christmas trees and wreaths ready to go to the highest bidder.

Anyone is welcome to come bid on the well-decorated trees in a fundraiser that benefits nonprofit Caring Hearts United. Bidding goes through this Saturday, Nov. 23. Wonderland of Trees has raised as much as $9,000 its best year.

Caring Hearts United provides goodie bags to hospice patients as a way to brighten their day. Goodie bags are provided five times a year at holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Independence Day.

“We just got finished with our packets for Thanksgiving and had 500 of them,” said Dianne Sneed, co-founder of Caring Hearts United, which began in June 2010. “Even if we only spend $6 for each packet, you can see how it adds up. Christmas is our big one. We try to provide things like puzzle books and stuffed animals, things that will occupy their time.”

Sneed co-founded the organization with her sister, Melinda Breedlove, who has been unable to help this year due to her own battle with cancer. Dianne says that’s made this year particularly difficult, along with the death of her husband David in September.

“We got a late start but everyone has chipped in and the trees look absolutely great,” said Sneed. 

As for entertainment on the main stage at Three Star Mall, Beth Harris will be singing Friday night at 6 p.m. Saturday will feature a wide range of performers throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m.

Kids Corner will be available Saturday for a small fee and includes crafts, games and writing letters to Santa. A Wonderland Store has a variety of decorative Christmas items for purchase.

For more information, contact Sneed at (931) 607-9462 or Alma Shoemaker at (931) 273-4552.