Snow Flake Village created to give back to communities

Special to the Fort Mill TimesDecember 20, 2013 

The Custodio family returns to Snow Flake Village for the second year to buy their tree. From left are: Michael Custodio Jr., Dulce Custodio, and Michael Custodio.

AMANDA HARRIS

— Snow Flake Village in Charlotte is a Christmas symbol that has become a beacon of the giving spirit.

The village, at 12201 S. Tryon St. in Charlotte, gives back to the community with Christmas trees, which are sold raise money for more than 20 nonprofit organizations in the area, said Snow Flake Village co-founder Kyle Boyd, a Fort Mill resident and Headmaster at Walnut Grove Christian School.

Boyd and his partner Brian Wyant started the village in 2009 as a way to raise money for local organizations. Snow Flake Village celebrated its fifth year this year.

“I look forward to it all year long,” Wyant said. “We get the opportunity to help a lot of people.”

Boyd said the village grows by 25 percent every year as people start to become regulars and bring their friends and family members.

“We’re excited and thankful for what we’re doing for the community and the organizations we partner with,” he said. “We have a really good time out here, seeing the people and selling trees.”

Some of Snow Flake’s partners include Walnut Grove Christian School, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Steele Creek Athletic Association, Levine Children’s Hospital and Christ The King Preschool.

Visitors to the Village can specify a charity they’d like to benefit, or have the money go toward the many charities the village supports. The village also donates trees to families in need throughout the community.

Councill Robbins, owner of Cranberry Creek Farms in Boone, N.C., works with the village to ensure they have what they need to help the community.

“I enjoy working with them,” Robbins said. “They bring a small town atmosphere into a big city.”

Robbins, who helped the Boyds open Snow Flake Village, began working strictly with nonprofit organizations and small businesses in 2003 after working with big companies for a number of years.

“This is my favorite business to be in,” he said.

Snow Flake is one of eight groups selling Cranberry Creek Farms trees.

The village offers residents a chance to enjoy the holiday season as they roast marshmallows by the fire, enjoy the nativity scene and listen to holiday music.

“It’s a family friendly environment,” Boyd said.

Many families come back each year to get their tree at Snow Flake, said co-founder Sharon Boyd.

“It’s neat to have created something that is someone’s family tradition,” she said. “If we can bless someone, then that’s a good thing.”

Charlotte residents Dulce and Michael Custodio joined their son Michael Jr., 13, in picking the perfect Christmas tree recently. The family got their tree at Snow Flake Village last year.

“We keep supporting them,” Michael said.

Dulce, who supported her local Angel Tree this year, said she is happy the village gives back to the community.

“My passion is helping,” she said. “It’s a blessing.”

For more information, go to snowflakevillage.org.

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