Instead of the traditional community Christmas tree on the Minnesota Power Plaza this holiday season, Minnesota Power is opting to donate $10,000 to three local nonprofits.
CHUM will receive $5,000 for winter footwear and a holiday meal at the warming shelter at the Rainbow Center in Duluth, according to a news release from Minnesota Power. Life House and Kids Closet each will receive $2,500 so children and teens can receive cold weather gear, including jackets, mittens, hats, coats, socks and boots.
The ongoing renovations at the Minnesota Power Plaza prevented the business from safely hosting the tree this year.
"Once it became apparent we wouldn’t be able to host the Community Christmas Tree, a tradition we have held dear for many years, we reached out to area nonprofits to see how we could embrace the spirit of the season in other ways,” Allete President and CEO Bethany Owen said in the release. “As Duluth and our region continue to feel the effects of a global pandemic, we want to spread some holiday warmth and make a meaningful difference by supporting these organizations in their efforts to ensure that children and adults can stay warm on frigid nights."
The tree is expected to return in future years.