Rotarians hope to see green this Christmas

Bright and early a few weeks ago, volunteers of the Rutland City Rotary helped unload approximately 1,000 trees for the holiday season that has once again arrived. The fresh evergreen trees are on sale to the public at the corner of West and Main streets in Rutland.

Rutland City Rotary is selling trees this holiday season in order to continue to do good work for the community at large and following one of their guiding principles, "to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders."

Whinn Thomas and Tom Donahue explained that this is the largest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds help with various Rotarian community projects throughout the year. Last year, some of the money went to agencies and organizations like Rutland Area Visiting Nurses Association (RAVNAH), Rutland County Humane Society and the Killington Music Festival to name a few.

This year they Rotary had to obtain trees from Canada because their Vermont suppliers were unable to keep up with the demand. However, next year they are hoping to return to the Vermont roots.

Donahue and Thomas also discussed the generosity that they have encountered already this holiday season with individuals giving philanthropic donations to help a family that can't afford a tree all on their own without assistance.

This year, their goal is to sell 1,000 trees. You can catch them until the weekend before Christmas. Tree prices range from $30-$50.

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