From left: Rotarian Wayne Patterson, club president Rod Wainwright and project chair Jeff Morfitt erect signs around North Langley to let people know about the upcoming Rotary Christmas Tree Sale

Christmas trees for a cause

Sunrise Rotary Club will operate an old fashioned Christmas tree lot in Walnut Grove, Dec. 4 to 22.

While creating memories as you decorate your tree with family this Christmas, you can get that “warm and fuzzy” feeling knowing that your tree is helping people in need, both locally and around the world.

The Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise is holding their inaugural Christmas tree sale from Dec. 4 to Dec. 22 at the corner of 202 Street and 89 Avenue in Walnut Grove.

“We found the market for traditional fundraisers such as gala dinners and other ticket selling events was getting saturated in Langley so we wanted to create a social enterprise where we could raise funds for the community by selling a product that people would be buying anyway, ” said Rotarian Jeff Morfitt.

“All net proceeds will go directly to local and international causes.”

With the exception of a few grocery stores selling discount price trees in Walnut Grove the Rotary Club noticed there was no one selling premium quality trees in an old-fashioned tree lot atmosphere in the area.  Deanna Whissell, a Rotarian and owner of Vanilla Clothing in Walnut Grove approached her landlord about using empty parking lot space.

“There was no hesitation,” said Whissel. “I have a great landlord and he approved the use of the space immediately”.

“These are not discount priced trees,” said Morfitt. “They are premium, local fresh cut Fraser, noble and grand trees.

“All trees will be unwrapped so our customers can inspect them to be sure it’s the perfect tree for their home,” Morfitt said.

“We will also be selling accessories such as tree stands to be sure you have everything you need to proudly display your tree.”

All net proceeds will go to local causes such as fighting illiteracy,  by providing every Grade 4 student in Langley with a dictionary  and helping to help build a library in Rwanda.

The Christmas tree lot will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Go to www.rotarylangley.com.

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