‘Tis the season for ornaments, lights, tinsel and evergreen trees and the Kiwanis Club of Trail is, once again, setting up its Christmas tree sale at Butler Park.
Starting on Saturday and up until the days before Christmas, the club will be selling trees as a fundraiser that helps support over 30 charities and non-profit organizations in the Greater Trail Area.
“It is our major fundraiser and we wouldn’t be able to support the community without the Christmas tree sales,” said Brian Pipes, club director.
“The money goes to all the charities Kiwanis supports. The money gets passed around.
“I would go as far as to say that there is not a person or family in this town that has not benefitted some way through the donations from Christmas tree sales, whether it is family or friends or someone they know.”
This year, the club has a large selection of many tree species, including some higher-end types.
“We will have the top three trees you can buy: Fraser Fir, Nordmann Fir and the other is the Noble Fir,” he said, adding that the trees all have great needle retention.
“They are the best trees you can get. We try to bring in the best trees around.”
Along with the premium trees, Douglas Fir, the Alpine Fir and Colorado Blue Spruce will be available to buy.
This year’s trees grew all over the province with some coming from the Winlaw area, others from Fort Steele and still others from around Chilliwack.
Hauling the trees all the way to the Butler Park baseball diamond is quite the job, but the Kiwanis Club has a man for that.
“Andy Roberts from the Mountain Transport Institute does the runs for us at no cost,” said Pipes. “He uses the trip as a training aid and he saves us a lot of money.”
Once the trees arrived, the Trail Smoke Eaters and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks donated their time unloading the trucks and moving trees around to get ready for sales. In return, the Kiwanis club donates some of the proceeds back to the teams.
For those looking to buy a tree for their living room, Pipes says the prices will be set based on height and quality of the tree.
The Kiwanis Club will also have a spot for food hamper donations and Pipes encourages anyone who has a bit extra to bring some food for needy families.