Firefighters on Christmas tree pickup for charity

Firefighters on Christmas tree pickup for charity

Donations go toward things like muscular dystrophy and the B.C. burn fund

To help fund another year of charitable giving, Penticton firefighters are back on Christmas tree pickup duty this year.

The Penticton Firefighters’ Charitable Society will be available to pick up Christmas trees between Dec. 28 and Jan. 17 in the new year in exchange for donations, with funds going toward the charitable society, Muscular Dystrophy and the B.C. Professional Firefighters Association Burn Fund.

Penticton residents can call the fire department a 250-490-2315 to arrange pickup by firefighters on off-time, with a donation to any of the three aforementioned charities “very much appreciated” for the service.

Firefighters will also be hosting a Christmas tree drop-off and chipping event on Jan. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station 202, with BBQ hot dogs and hot chocolate available.

After chipping, trees will be taken to the Campbell Mountain landfill for composting.

Trees can also be dropped off anytime at Station 202 at 285 Dawson Ave., where firefighters will also have a donation box set up.