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Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Lions clubs launch Christmas tree sales amid weekend blizzard
Doug Allingworth helped load trees into customer's vehicles during the first weekend of the St. Davids Lions Club Christmas Tree sale. Julia Sacco

Snow or shine, people need Christmas trees for the holidays.

Terry Flynn and members of the Niagara Lions Club are well-stocked again and selling trees in Virgil outside Cornerstone Community Church. 

And luckily for those living in and around St. Davids, the Lions Club there began its annual Christmas tree sale on Saturday, Nov. 19 – and carried on through the snowy weekend. 

St. Davids Lions Club members Don Pitchko, Doug Hollingworth, Bavel Varadinek and Robert Guy were hard at work all weekend helping customers load trees onto their cars and keeping track of sales. 

“The trees were delivered Saturday at 10 o’clock,” said Pitchko. “By 11, the snow started coming down and it didn’t stop.

The harsh weather didn’t stop Pitchko, a Lions Club member for 33 years, from pitching in. 

“Every day, we start at 10 in the morning and we stop at 7 at night,” he said. 

The weather apparently didn’t stop customers either, with a substantial amount of trees being sold.

Doug Hollingworth has been with the Lions for about 34 years and said the trees at the sale are always a huge hit.

“We’ve had people come back saying they didn’t want to throw them out,” said Hollingworth. “They might drop a dozen needles over all of Christmas.”

Those interested in picking up can stop by expecting assistance and good conversation from this generous group of members. 

Christmas tree sales will continue until they sell out.

All proceeds will go to community causes, with the first $1,000 earned going toward NOTL minor hockey. 

Pitchko and the Lions extended a huge thanks to all those who already have come out to purchase a tree.

“We thank all of the people who have supported us all these years.”

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