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November 22, 2012

Holiday tree sales benefit charity organizations

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Proceeds support the club’s scholarships and other community projects.

The Derry Lions Club hosts its annual sale 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.

Derry’s St. Mark’s Lodge Masonic Lodge 44 Free and Accepted Masons expect their tree delivery on Nov. 24.

The 400 fresh cut trees will arrive at 7 a.m. from a farm in Vermont.

“Twenty-five guys will be unloading the truck,” St. Mark’s member Al Lamson said. “We’ll be selling (that day) by 9 a.m.”

After that, trees will be sold daily until they are all gone.

Lamson said the Derry Masons traditionally sell all their trees, with money going to support community organizations including the Derry News Santa Fund, Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, First Baptist Church food pantry and Sonshine Soup Kitchen.

For anyone seeking a really tall holiday focal point, Lamson said there will be several 12-foot trees available this year.

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