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Tree sales go toward Oak Harbor Lions Club projects

By NATHAN WHALEN Whidbey News-Times Staff reporter
November 28, 2012 · Updated 9:34 AM

Oak Harbor Lions Club member Conrad Lokanis holds one of the Christmas trees being sold near the chamber of commerce. The organization is selling trees to raise money for Lions Club programs and local charities. / Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times

The holiday spirit and community giving are alive and well near the chamber of commerce office in Oak Harbor.

Hundreds of Christmas trees are stacked in the wooded area next to the Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s Highway 20. The conifers are being sold by members of the Oak Harbor Lions Club.

“Last year, we sold out really early,” Lion Conrad Lokanis said Tuesday morning. Club members started selling Christmas trees Saturday and they will continue to sell them daily through Dec. 23 or until they sell out. Lokanis said members were selling until the week before Christmas, but in previous years, they were selling close to the holiday.

The Oak Harbor Lions Club is selling about 1,000 trees that were fresh cut from Deming, Wash. The club is offering five different varieties and they range in height from three-feet to nine feet-tall.

The proceeds from the Christmas tree sale benefit local Lions Club and community projects. The Oak Harbor Lions Club supports hearing and vision programs, Camp Horizon, and members have supported such organizations as the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation, the Puget Sound Blood Center, the North Whidbey Help House, Relay for Life and the Special Olympics.

The club also is visible in the community through its fruit sales that take place in front of Rite Aid during the summer and through placing flags alongside main roads during patriotic events.

Christmas tree sales take place 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 23 or until sold out. The trees are located in the park next to the chamber of commerce on Highway 20 in Oak Harbor.


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