White Rock firefighters’ annual Christmas tree chipping – a tradition that’s been “a win-win for almost 20 years” – is again being hailed a success, despite a dip in final proceeds.
Firefighter Mike Stark estimated 750 trees were brought to Centennial Arena parking lot for chipping last weekend, raising $6,400 for the crews’ charity association. In recent years, the event has raised closer to $8,000.
Stark figured some ‘business’ was lost to organizations that hosted two-day events, and said as a result, thought is being given to expanding the White Rock event next year.
Regardless, the event was a positive one, Stark said. People bringing trees for chipping waited less than 30 seconds to be relieved of their firs.
Some attendees have become familiar faces over the years, including one family that, for the past five years, has shown up with firefighter hats on.
Stark said the event relies on donations of time and services.
All of the donations received are returned to the community through the firefighters’ charitable efforts.