Truro Mall is looking a little more festive these days.

Seven decorated Christmas trees are currently on display at the mall. They were decorated by several local non-profit organizations which are now taking part in a friendly competition that started December 1 and will run until December 24.

Shoppers are invited to make a donation in support of the tree or trees they like best. When the contest closes, the donations received will be presented to the respective charities. Truro Mall will also match donations for the winning organization up to $250.

Participating organizations include the Colchester East Hants Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Colchester 4-H, Third Place Transition House, Colchester SPCA, The Salvation Army, Thirsty Church Project and Colchester Community Workshops.

Members of the each group decorated the trees, which were donated by Truro Mall. They also provided each group with $50 to purchase some Christmas decorations for the trees as well.

“We are hoping to put a smile on the faces of our customers by seeing beautifully decorated trees by local non-profit organizations,” said Jaclyn Johnston, marketing manager for Strathallen Property Management Inc. Christmas is the time of year to give back and say thanks. This is a great way to give a small donation to one or all seven of these great organizations.

“This is the first time we are running these programs,” she continued. “We’ve received donations for votes in past promotions with great success.”

For the complete story, check out this month’s Hub Now, on streets December 14.