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Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County Needs Volunteers for Christmas Sales

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County sells Christmas Trees for 58th Year

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County is recruiting volunteers to help out with selling Christmas trees for its annual fundraiser.

The Boys & Girls Clubs will once again have their annual Christmas Tree lot in the Westgate Shopping Plaza on Jessie P. Miller school property. This is their 58th consecutive year of selling trees to the community. 

“It’s a family tradition to come out and pick your fresh cut tree,” said President, Carl Weeks.  “We have families that met on the lot, got married and now bring their kids with them to pick out their family tree.”

Trees will be delivered to the Christmas Tree Lot on Wednesday, Nov. 21.  Their staff and volunteers will work unloading, trimming and setting up the tree lot so that it is ready to open on Friday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m.

“For it to be successful, we truly rely on the kindness of community volunteers, Weeks said.  “Working the tree lot is a great way to meet new people, get into the holiday spirit and give back to the kids in our community.” 

Volunteering at the Tree Lot can also be a team building experience for employees, athletic teams or civic organizations, Weeks said. 

The Tree Lot offers the opportunity to bring a group of 4 to 6 employees to work a single shift or organizations can fill the whole day to include more of their team.

The Tree Lot hours are:

Monday – Thursday; noon to 8 p.m.

Friday; noon to 9 p.m.

Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you, your business, your civic organization or athletic club is interested in volunteering at the BGC Tree Lot, contact Vicki Siddons, at (941) 761-2582.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County serves more than 4,600 youth at seven locations (Daughtrey Elementary, Harllee Middle School, Johnson Middle School, Southeast High School, Bradenton, DeSoto and Palmetto Clubs). For more information visit www.bgcmanatee.org.

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