Santa enertained children of all ages at the first Northern Neck Rotary Club Christmas Tree Sale Tuesday night at the Christmas Tree lot at 81 South Main Street. Many wishes were shared with Santa in the midst of a forrest of perfect Christmas Trees accompanied by the Christmas music provided by elf Skip Ackerly, hot chocolate,warm cider and the spirit of Christmas.
Project chairman, Rick Varnier said that the tree sale was a tremendous success and all of the trees have been sold. "We didn't unbundled a single tree that would not meet Santa's test for perfection". The trees which were cut just days before in North Carolina are very dense and shaped as a proper Christmas tree should be. Plans are already underway for next year's sale, Varnier continued.
Proceeds from the tree sale will go to both local and Rotary International projectsl, said Varnier. This is an additional effort by the Northern Neck Rotary to supplement the club's chief fund raiser, CAPINNÉ held in July. We have been doing Christmas in July for years now, Varnier said, and now we are doing Christmas at Christmas. This year is particularly difficult on individuals the local charitable fund raising is reported to lag behind last year.
Rotary International is involved around the world in such missions as shelter for Haiti earthquake victims, Polio erradication, building bridges to open areas to commerce, providing clean water, literacy and world peace. As one of our recent speakers reminded us, we have the responsibility as citizens to look after our fellow citizens, Varnier said.