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AOTS tree sales fund camp trips

by Ben Clarke

It may be December but members of the As One That Serves (AOTS) Men’s Club at Lakefield United Church are already thinking about summer camp.

The Club is selling Christmas trees on the Church lot again this year and proceeds from this years event will again go towards sending area youth to Camp Quin-Mo-Lac near Tweed next summer.

“We support not only the kids from this congregation but also those in the community,” said AOTS Men’s Club treasurer George Mosier.

“We also work with Lakefield Youth Unlimited and we send people selected by them to the camp.

“In past years we have sent as many as 12 to camp each summer.”

The initiative started out with a group of men going out to Apsley and cutting down the trees themselves and bringing them back to the Church lot but this year the trees were purchased from an area tree farmer.

“The Club is aging so we have found it really difficult to continue doing that,” said Mosier.

“Last year was a difficult year to get volunteers to do it so this year we decided we needed a better way of doing it and we wanted better trees.”

The Club is now selling Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir after finding a company named Kris Kringle near Alliston, Ont., which is now their supplier.

“We decided we would work with them and our club is now an authorized retailer,” said Mosier.

“There’s some benefit to that as the quality is consistent.”

While Mosier says the idea is to raise as much money as possible to send the kids to camp, Club members also want to sell a high quality product for a fair price.

“Every tree is virtually perfect,” said Mosier.

“We are hoping this becomes a long-term permanent development.”

Trees range in size from miniature two-foot table trees to 10-feet.

Club members will be on-site Monday to Friday from 1-6 p.m., Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays leading up to Christmas.

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