Scout Troop 499 to collect Christmas trees for fundraiser

January 6, 2012

By Staff

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Newcastle’s Boy Scout Troop 499 will begin circulating through local neighborhoods at 9 a.m. Jan. 7 to collect Christmas trees from homes for disposal.

The group will go through neighborhoods several times until 2 p.m. for its annual fundraiser.

Homeowners may place their tree at the curb of their home for pickup. Donations for the Scouts are accepted by placing a Ziploc bag and envelope addressed to Troop 499 at 8042 116th Ave. S.E., Newcastle, WA 98056 on the tree. Donations can also be mailed to that address.

If the troop misses a tree, homeowners can call 206-579-7732 or 206-817-8323 for pickup.

It is not uncommon for trees to be picked up a week after the official date, and each year, the troop collects about 500 trees that get chipped and recycled.

Donations to the Troop Scholarship Fund can also be made at HomeStreet Bank anytime during the year.

Camping equipment donations for the growing troop are also needed.

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