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Event beats grumbling

The weather didn’t cooperate the way it did last year, when the first Trees for Tots fundraiser of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington was held to pick up used Christmas trees. But the second annual fundraiser, held Saturday in the fog and rain on sometimes slippery roads, was a big success nonetheless.
The volunteers might have been excused for not feeling too chipper – pun intended – about the conditions. But it appeared spirits were generally buoyant.
Several companies and organizations helped out in various ways, and loads of volunteers took part. The bottom line was close to $29,000 raised for the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s grant program, which provides financial support for kids in need to take part in sports and arts programs. Last year, the inaugural event brought in about $21,000 for the same cause.
A void was left when city council decided to end the city’s free pickup of spent Christmas trees to save money in the city’s 2013 budget. It’s a decision that could have just led to a lot of grumbling. But instead, it has led to a shining example of good volunteer spirit for a fine cause.
Congratulations to everyone involved.

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