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Chip your Christmas Tree for charity

Christmas tree disposal goes green in Vernon and raises money for burn victims.
December 26, 2012 - 1:07 PM

With no presents under their shadows, Christmas trees are on their way out the door. In Vernon, there are two options available for disposing of your tree. One raises money for the B.C. Fire Fighters Burn Fund and the other supports the environment.

Vernon Fire Rescue Services is hosting a Christmas Tree Drive-Thru on Saturday Jan. 5 and Sunday Jan. 6 with donations for the tree-chipping service going to the B.C. Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

"The Burn Fund is a registered charity established in 1978 by the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association," Capt. Chris Kulak said.

"It provides lifesaving, life supporting, and life enriching services to the people of British Columbia."

More than 3,800 professional fire fighters from 53 communities in B.C. and the Yukon dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through burn awareness, research and prevention programs.

The drop-off location is at Fire Station 1 downtown at 3401 30th Street, and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Off-duty fire fighters will give visitors a coffee-to-go and vacuum their vehicle.

A second choice offering an alternative to bringing Christmas trees to the landfill, is the City's tree chipping service. Residents of Vernon, Coldstream, and B.X. are invited to take trees to the drop-off site located at 47th Avenue and 20th Street, in the vacant lot beside St. John's Ambulance. The chipped wood will be used for ground cover in public areas, including walking trails. The free service is offered until Jan. 13, and the city reminds everyone that the disposal is for trees only, and no plastic or other debris is to be left at the site.

—Charlotte Helston

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