Chip Christmas trees, help families

Are your Christmas trees looking for a home after the holidays?

Are your Christmas trees looking for a home after the holidays?

This weekend the B.C. Lions Society hosts the 23rd annual Chip in for the Kids, where real Christmas trees can be dropped off Jan. 5 and 6, to be chipped and disposed of by volunteers in an environmentally-friendly manner.

“People rely on us to do this and really come out and support it,” said B.C. Lions Society manager of special events Craig Heinz. “The best part of this for me is just the response we get from people who literally have been using us for 23 years. It is phenomenal.”

Chipped trees stay out of the landfill and are used for public trails around Greater Victoria. Disposal is by donation with all money supporting the Vancouver Island Easter Seals House, a living facility near the Royal Jubilee Hospital where families travelling to Victoria for medical treatment can stay free of charge.

The event raised more than $20,000 in 2012 and the society hopes to match that total again this year.

“We actually operate within the Easter Seals House… (and) a lot of times with charities, people have the opportunity to give but don’t actually see what the money does,” Heinz said. “I come every day and see what the money does and see the difference it makes. I see that impact every day.”

alim@vicnews.com

Lions tree chipping

-Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 5-6), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tillicum Centre

Broadmead Village

Safeway (Fort at Foul Bay)

Westshore Town Centre, University Heights

Sooke Home Hardware

-Chipping is for real Christmas trees only, with ornaments and tinsel removed. No artificial or potted trees accepted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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