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December 5, 2013

Community tree sales support charities

Annual sales a boon to local organizations

It was opening weekend and the fir was flying.

Holiday tree sales are in full swing. Area organizations hope to sell enough to support charitable work in the months ahead.

Local tree sales made the list of “603 Reasons” why New Hampshire is special.

In Londonderry, members of St. Mark’s Council 104888 of the Knights of Columbus say even Charlie Brown can find a perfect tree at their annual sale at Chuck’s BP Station on Route 102.

This is the 24th year for the Londonderry Knights’ tree sale. More than 400 New Hampshire-grown trees were delivered Saturday, averaging 6 to 8 feet tall.

“We’ve worked with the same tree farm for more than 15 years,” Knights member Mike Dromgoole said.

Even the smallest trees find a home.

“A lot of people are looking for that little tree,” Dromgoole said.

The Knights cater to those with smaller needs, advertising “Charlie Brown” trees in addition to larger ones.

The tree sales will help support Knights’ charities, including supporting special needs children at Moose Hill School or donating money to local food pantries.

It’s a collective effort, Dromgoole said, with many hands pitching in to make the sale a success.

The Knights will sell their trees until all are gone.

The Londonderry’s Lions Club received about 475 trees from a Vermont tree farm early Friday morning. Londonderry High School students from the Pay it Forward Club helped unload the trees and are also volunteering to help with sales.

The Lions have sold trees from their Mammoth Road location for almost 20 years. Proceeds support the club’s charities and scholarships for students.

“Come early for the best selection,” club member Frank Holdsworth said. “We expect to sell out.”

The Lions trees are priced to sell, anywhere from $35 and up, depending on the size. The tallest offering could be as big as 15 feet for that special great room or space.

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