Hanover family sells Christmas trees to help community with health expenses


If you buy your Christmas tree at the intersection of Radio Road and High Street in Hanover, you won’t only be making your family happy, you’ll be making a big difference for two others.

“It’s nice to help other people out,” said Pat Riser, a member of the Neiderer family. “Other people have a lot of medical bills. It takes a lot.”

The Neiderer family is getting Christmas trees ready for its final week of sales.

All of this year’s proceeds go to Katelyn Vance and the family of Nick Weaver. 

“Our kid could still have Christmas even though Daddy was sick,” said Kelly Weaver, a Hanover resident.

Kelly is the mom of 7-year-old Lyric and the wife of Nick, who passed away of stage four colon cancer last month. The 37-year-old was a cook who loved to play music.

“Everything he went through – the surgeries, the treatments, the pain – he never worried about himself. He just worried about leaving us behind,” said Kelly Weaver.

The Neiderer’s tradition is to ease that worry by selling Christmas trees to benefit Hanover families going through tough times. 

“They’re still trying to figure out what the issue is, but it’s attacking her joints,” Kelly Vance said about her daughter Katelyn Vance.

Fifteen-year-old Katelyn has a form of connective tissue disease. Her mom says the money will go toward her ninth surgery this spring.

“Katie loves this kind of stuff,” said Kelly Vance. “She loves to help other people.”

“This is all volunteer,” said Riser.

You can stop by Friday, Saturday or Sunday to buy a tree or to make a donation. 

Depending on size, the trees cost anywhere from $20 to $70.

“We sold about 150 and my goal is to sell another 100, 125 this weekend,” said Riser.

This tradition got started to raise money for Kurt Riser, a member of the Neiderer family who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. 

When Kurt passed away at age 37, the family decided it would continue selling trees to help other Hanover families with health expenses during the holidays.

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