Troop 499 to collect Christmas trees for annual fundraiser

December 4, 2013

By Staff

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Newcastle’s Boy Troop 499 will begin circulating through local neighborhoods at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 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 trees 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 are used to support the Scouts’ camping activities. Individual Scouts earned up to $100 in camping funds during the 2013 tree-recycling program, and several scholarships for Summer Camp 2013 were donated to families hit hard by the economy.

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 welcome.

The troop, sponsored by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, had 60 Scouts in 2013 and will likely go well over 70 Scouts this spring.

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