In its 35th year this year, the Christmas tree in Portarlington is under threat as Covid-19 has hampered the committee’s abilities to fundraise.
A GoFundMe page has been set up, and like Mountmellick, the people of Portarlington have shown their true community spirit and have raised over €6,000.
The aim of the GoFundMe page is to raise €10,000 so they are over half way there.
The money raised will go to the operational costs of the tree which is paid every year.
These include insurance costs, electricity bills, maintenance of the Christmas tree steel frame, equipment hire, repair and maintenance and light bulbs – scenes that light up the square.
Amy McGlynn from Portarlington and organiser of the GoFundMe page spoke to LaoisToday about the importance of the tree to the town and has welcomed the brilliant response so far.
She said: “We feel this year, 35 years, Portarlington needs their beautiful Christmas tree to light up our great community and give hope.
“Hope to the new year ahead and bring that special magic that is Christmas to our town.
“We are over half way there but we still have a long way to go. If anyone has a neighbour that may not have access to donations online – perhaps they could support.
“Please help and support by donating to our GoFundMe page so we can light up Portarlington this Christmas, don’t let Covid ruin our Christmas.”