The Ballston Spa Rotary Club is gearing up for their annual Christmas Tree Sale Fundraiser.
This year, over 800 trees will be unloaded by students and other volunteers into a portion of the Curtis Lumber parking lot located on Rt. 67 on Nov. 21, and the lot will open for business on Nov. 22. Hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. – 8p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturdays.
In the past, the club has enlisted the help of student members of the Interact Club at the Ballston Spa High School, and expect to do the same this year. The club also hopes to have 12-15 volunteers from the nearby Navy base as well as help from locals wishing to lend-a-hand.
Most trees will be priced at $45. There will be a dozen or so larger trees, available for those needing to fill a greater space, costing up to $100.
The Club has sold out of it’s trees the previous years and the fundraiser provides most of the funding for the club’s projects throughout the year. All of the money collected at the sale is funneled back into the local community and to others in need around the world.
President of the Ballston Spa Rotary Club Raymond Otten said a primary focus for the club’s funds is to aid “shelter box programs,” which “sends boxes full of tents to regions hit by earthquakes or hurricanes,” or other areas affected by natural disasters.
Locally, the fundraiser allows the club to “support the food banks, and summer lunch programs at the Baptist Church,” Otten said.