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Register by Dec. 31 to have tree taken away

Once again, the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington is holding a fundraiser that is giving people an alternative to driving their old Christmas trees to the dump.

The foundation has brought back its Trees For Tots for the second year in a row in an effort to raise money for its grants program, which helps fund sports, arts and summer camp programs for kids who might not otherwise be able to participate.

In exchange for donations, Trees For Tots volunteers will pick up old Christmas trees from the curbside on Jan. 11.

The fundraiser was held for the first time last year after the city ended its curbside tree pickup. The foundation picked up more than 2,000 trees and raised $21,000 in one day, a news release said.

But in spite of the additional funds for its grants, the foundation still ran out of money before the end of the year, its said.

“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,” foundation executive director Glenna Ganda said in the release.

“We are inviting families to enjoy their Christmas and then pay it forward,” she said. “In return, we will take their tree off their hands.”

Those who wish to take advantage of the tree pickup need to register before Dec. 31 by visiting www.childrensfoundation.org or by calling 519-826-9551.

The foundation is also welcoming inquiries from people who would like to help out by volunteering.

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