SOUTHINGTON — A pair of area fire departments are holding their annual Christmas tree fundraisers.
“I love the community aspect of this fundraiser,” said Derek Gacy, a Plantsville Fire Department member for 16 years. “I love talking to people that come here, I love that the money we raise goes back to the community...and it’s just a great holiday tradition.”
The event is the department’s biggest fundraiser. Proceeds go towards training for volunteer firefighters, college scholarships for Southington High School students and various town community services.
The volunteers began selling trees the day after Thanksgiving. In the first couple of days, around 300 of the 600 trees were sold, said John Mayor, a department member for 43 years.
“We predict that by the end of the next weekend, we will be sold out,” said Mayo.
At $50 apiece, the balsam firs are 6 to 9 feet tall and come from northern Vermont.
“The trees were cut just last week,” said Mayo.
Some returning customers attested to the high quality of the trees.
“It’s my second year purchasing a tree from these guys and I absolutely plan to return here again,” said Southington resident Michael Sinclair. “The trees are great, the cause is great, I would recommend it to everyone.”
North Farms Fire Department in Wallingford also conducts an Annual Christmas Sale at 864 North Farms Road on weekdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The sale at the Plantsville Fire Department, 128 W. Main Street, Southington, runs Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free delivery in town. For more information, visit the Plantsville Engine Company #2 Facebook page.