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The catch is it is one day only, so residents will have to select either a morning or an afternoon pickup and be home to meet volunteers and pay the donation.

Charity offers Christmas tree pickup

The city’s cancellation of the annual curb-side Christmas tree pickup has created a fundraising opportunity for one local charity.
The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington is partnering with Terry’s Tree Removal to take those dried-out, needle-shedding burdens off people’s hands after the holidays – in exchange for a $5 donation.
The service, dubbed Trees for Tots, will be offered on Saturday Jan. 12, and funds raised will benefit the Children’s Foundation’s grants program. It helps to cover costs of after-school programs for local kids who might not otherwise be able to take part.
“More children are getting the chance to play sports, go to camp and take music through our Grants Program each year,” said Children’s Foundation executive director Glenna Banda in a news release.
“Unfortunately, the percentage of families in Guelph that are living in poverty shows us that the program is needed and we shouldn’t anticipate a decrease in demand for funding.
“We are always looking for new fundraising opportunities, and this was an obvious fit. We are inviting families to enjoy their Christmas and then pay it forward,” Banda said in the release.
In a recent blog posting, Mayor Karen Farbridge promoted the charity initiative while justifying the city’s budget decision.
“We only picked up a little over 6,000 trees last year, so why should the other approximately 40,000 homes pay for this service and the choice of 6,000 homes to have a live Christmas tree and have it picked up by the city?” she wrote.
“A simple budget decision has released the amazing creativity of our community,” Farbridge said, going on to describe the Trees for Tots program.
Residents can sign up for the program online at www.childrensfoundation.org/events/trees-for-tots before Jan. 9.
The catch is it is one day only, so residents will have to select either a morning or an afternoon pickup and be home to meet volunteers and pay the donation. As well, due to time and volunteer constraints, the service is only being offered within the city limits.
In the meantime, the foundation has also put out the call for volunteers to help with the pickup, particularly those who have a pickup truck.
To volunteer, contact Peter Thurley at 519-826-9551 or peter@childrensfoundation.org.

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