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December 5, 2013

Community tree sales support charities

Annual sales a boon to local organizations

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“We are very reasonable,” Holdsworth said. “We aren’t trying to make a killing, just trying to support the community. And the big ones usually go first.”

Londonderry High School sophomore Hailey Gilbert spent Saturday morning helping the Lions at the tree lot, and took some extra time to warm her hands by a fire.

She said it’s fun to help sell trees and support the Lions. She said she offers advice on selecting the perfect tree for any customer.

“Of course, my house only fits a 7-foot tree, but I like trees that are thick and full,” she said.

In Derry, the Lions Club sells trees in the parking lot at the Citizens Bank plaza. Trees are priced to sell, usually at about $35 each. The sale is the club’s biggest fundraiser, bringing in anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 for the Lions. Trees are sold during evening hours and on weekends.

Also in Derry, St. Mark’s Lodge Masonic Lodge 44 Free and Accepted Masons got a 400-plus tree delivery Saturday and sales began soon after.

“We had 35 guys here Saturday morning helping unload the truck,” St. Mark’s member Al Lamson said.

The trees come from northern New Hampshire and Vermont, through a longstanding relationship with a regular tree supplier, Lamson said.

Trees are priced from $30 up, depending on the size.

Masons are on hand daily to sell trees at the lodge on East Broadway.

The Derry Masons use tree sale proceeds to offer help to several local charities, including the Sonshine Soup Kitchen, Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, the First Baptist Church food pantry and the Derry News Santa Fund.

With a shorter selling season this year, Lamson said, the Masons are hoping all the trees will find a home.

In addition to tree sales, the Rockingham Chapter 3 Eastern Star is selling handmade wreaths to support the community. Wreaths are sold at the Masonic Lodge on East Broadway.

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