Troop 499 to collect Christmas trees Saturday

January 3, 2014

By Staff

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NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 3, 2014

Newcastle’s Boy Scout Troop 499 circulate through local neighborhoods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 4 to collect Christmas trees from homes for disposal for its annual fundraiser.

Homeowners should place trees at their curb for pickup. Place donations to the Scouts in 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.

Homeowners can call 206-579-7732 or 206-817-8323 for missed pickups.

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 is sponsored by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce.

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