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, the purchase will help support local people and programs. The Umatilla Volunteer Firefighter’s Association and the Hermiston Kiwanis Club have announced plans to sell trees.
“There is just something about a real tree that makes the Christmas season and opening presents at Christmas that much more special,” said Doug Barak, Kiwanis past-president.
In addition to selling trees, the 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. It will be open 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 visit will include photo opportunities with the jolly ol’ elf. Details will be announced later for the special visit. For more information, call 541-922-3718 or visit www.facebook.com/umatillavfa.
Money raised from tree sales and the craft bazaar supports the Christmas basket program, which provides food and gifts for families in need. In addition, the firefighter’s group transports Santa around town to deliver candy canes, sponsors sports teams and participates in parades.
The Kiwanis club has been selling Christmas trees for more than 35 years. The fundraiser helps in supporting local youths and the community through scholarships and such programs as the youth symphony, the Junior Livestock Show and community park projects.
Tree sales are set to begin Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the parking lot at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395. The lot will be manned Sundays through Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The trees, Barak said, are farm-grown in Estacada and are beautiful. The will include Douglas firs, Grand firs and Noble firs, ranging in size from 5-feet to 8-feet. The trees are priced between $25 to $80. People can pay with cash or check. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The start of a Christmas to remember is coming to the lot with family and friends to find that perfect tree,” Barak said.