The Estevan Kinsmen Club stayed busy over the first winter month.
All together volunteers sold around 300 live Christmas trees. Trees left after the lot had been shut down were forwarded to those in need. The president of the Estevan Kinsmen Club Byron Stepp explained where extra trees went.
“Fourteen or 16 went to the Salvation Army and were given to families that cannot afford to buy a tree. There was quite a group of them that went down to the Estevan Archery Club for their upcoming outdoor archery shoot. And of course, anybody that contacted members of the Kinsmen and expressed the need, we were more than happy to help them out,” Stepp said.
Every year Stepp tracks pre-sales, compares previous years’ outcomes, analyzes the economy and tries to estimate the contemporary demand. This time the Kinsmen club ordered 30 trees more than before and was able to find a home for almost every one of them.
Now when the holidays are over, all those trees need to be recycled. To help the community, Green for Life (GFL) Environmental set up a dumpster by the cemetery.
“That’s strictly for Christmas trees, preferably with no ornaments or bags or anything on it. And then Green for Life will take care of them from there and they will go to the recycling type of thing,” Stepp said.
People can just bring their trees and throw them in the bin. That way dry trees won’t clutter backs yards or alleys and won’t turn into a fire hazard.
The dumpster will be available until Jan. 21.