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December 13, 2013

N.H. charities count on tree sales

Nonprofit groups depend on Christmas tree sales


The Salem Exchange Club’s sale aren’t the only trees the Boys and Girls Club is benefitting from. Tuscan Brands on Main Street is selling trees and donating a portion of the proceeds to the club.

“(Tuscan Brands) was approached by a landscaping company who wanted to do it this year,” said Denise Dolloff, director of development at the Boys and Girls Club. “They said they’d only do it if they give some of it to the Boys and Girls Club.”

Dolloff said the money they get from the trees is a big help around the holiday season.

“We’re grateful they are doing anything at all,” Dolloff said. “We appreciate people being in the holiday spirit.”

The Hampstead Firemens Association held its annual tree sale Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The money they raise is the primary source for the town’s annual Christmas parade.

“We’ve been selling them for 40 years,” fire Capt. Chris Dane said. “We normally sell 300 trees, but this year we only sold 200 trees because there was only one weekend between Thanksgiving and the parade.”

Dane said they usually get their trees from Canada. At St. Mark’s, Lamson said they get their 410 trees from a farm on the New Hampshire-Vermont border. Prices range from $30 to $85.

“The most expensive ones sold out as soon as they got off the truck,” Lamson said. “Everyone wants a big tree.”

But the big trees aren’t for Tomaselli.

“I’m getting a medium-sized tree this year,” he said. “I’m 5 foot nothing, I can’t get anything that makes me look too small.”

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