Emmaus Plans Haverhill Tree Lighting on Tuesday, Nov. 27

Emmaus volunteer Denise Arnold (left) joined Director of Philanthropy Gretchen Arntz and Margot Regan at last year's tree lighting. (Courtesy photograph)

Emmaus volunteer Denise Arnold (left) joined Director of Philanthropy Gretchen Arntz and Margot Regan at last year's tree lighting. (Courtesy photograph)

Haverhill charity Emmaus plans to be among the first in the city to start spreading holiday cheer, with their annual tree lighting planned for Tuesday, Nov. 27.

The non-profit’s events and marketing manager Margot Regan tells WHAV the 6 p.m. holiday celebration serves as the kickoff of Emmaus’ Tree of Love campaign. Each donation made to the charity on Giving Tuesday—online is the easiest way to donate—helps illuminate a light on the tree that stands outside the 150 How St. shelter. Lights may also be purchased in honor of, or in memory of, loved ones, Regan said.

Haverhill Bank has pledged to match all donations to Emmaus, marking the third year the groups have collaborated. Since 2015, the Bank has helped raise nearly $50,000 for the charity, President and CEO Tom Mortimer said.

In the last year, Emmaus has come to the aid of nearly 2,500 neighbors in need—including children and families—through its shelters and housing programs.