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Holiday fundraisers feature fresh Christmas trees

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on November 21, 2017 5:30PM

Last changed on November 21, 2017 7:52PM

Jennifer Cecil and Tom Ditton help carry a Christmas tree that was bought by the Winebarger family in 2014 at the Hermiston Kiwanis Christmas tree lot. Several area nonprofit organizations sell Christmas trees as club fundraisers.

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Jennifer Cecil and Tom Ditton help carry a Christmas tree that was bought by the Winebarger family in 2014 at the Hermiston Kiwanis Christmas tree lot. Several area nonprofit organizations sell Christmas trees as club fundraisers.

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With Christmas just around the corner, people in the market for a live tree can buy one from local organizations.

In addition to having the fresh aroma that comes with a live tree, purchases help support local people and programs. The Umatilla Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, the Hermiston Kiwanis Club and Pendleton Boy Scout Troop 700, have announced plans to sell trees.

• UMATILLA: In addition to trees, the Umatilla firefighter group returns with its annual Santa’s Workshop. People are invited to peruse the crafter’s bazaar inside Fire Station No. 2 in McNary for shopping and gift ideas.

The trees are arriving this week and Santa’s Workshop opens on Black Friday. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. and Friday through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 303 Willamette Ave., Umatilla.

A special visit by Santa Claus, who will arrive via a Life Flight Network medical helicopter, is planned. The event will include photo opportunities with the jolly ol’ elf. Details are being worked out with Santa’s helpers and will be announced later. For more information, call 541-922-3718 or visit www.facebook.com/umatillavfa.

Money raised supports the Umatilla Christmas basket program, providing food and gifts for families in need. The firefighter’s group also spreads holiday cheer by transporting Santa around town to deliver candy canes.

• HERMISTON: The Hermiston Kiwanis Club has been selling Christmas trees for more than 35 years. The fundraiser helps to support local youths and the community through scholarships and programs such as the youth symphony, the Junior Livestock Show and community park projects.

Tree sales begin Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the Hermiston Conference Center parking lot, 415 S. Highway 395. It’s open Sundays through Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The trees are farm-grown in Estacada and are beautiful, said Doug Barak, Kiwanis past president. They include Douglas, Grand and Noble firs, ranging in size from 5 to 8 feet. The trees are priced between $25 to $80. Cash or check accepted. For questions, contact hectorp960@gmail.com.

“There is just something about a real tree that makes the Christmas season and opening presents at Christmas that much more special,” Barak said.

• PENDLETON: Selling Christmas trees for more than a dozen years, it’s the only fundraiser for the local Boy Scout troop. Money is used for Scouting trips, special events, camp and other troop activities.

The tree lot opens Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Dave’s Chevron, 220 S.W. 12th St., Pendleton. Hours are Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Committee member Eva Richerson said they will continue manning the tree lot until all are sold through Saturday, Dec. 9. The supply has sold out before the final day of the sale during the last few years.

The group is enthusiastic about serving the public, Richerson said. They specialize in fresh cut Noble, Grand and Douglas fir trees. Ranging from 5-10 feet, the cost varies depending on style and size.

“We also will have ‘wild cut’ trees for the first time this year,” she said.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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