Volunteers Recycling Christmas Trees This Saturday to Raise Funds for Needy
Central Lincoln volunteers will be disposing of Christmas trees by shredding them in a high-speed chipper this Saturday at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, across 101 from Safeway. The annual event, dubbed “Chipping for Charity,” seeks donations for Community Services Consortium’s heating assistance program for low-income families and seniors.
“I think of it as win-win-win,” said event organizer, Bob Cusick, the Central Lincoln PUD’s Fleet Coordinator. “We turn folks’ Christmas trees into mulch for local gardeners, the owners of the mulched trees make tax-deductible donations to Community Services Consortium which helps people in need pay for heat, and Central Lincoln gives donors a free energy-efficient light bulb so they save money on their electricity bills as well. Some families bring their children to come and watch— seeing a Christmas tree reduced to mulch in just a few seconds amazes and delights most children. I love seeing the looks on their faces—it’s lot of fun.”
Anyone with or without a Christmas tree to dispose of is welcome to contribute. In winter months, many local residents struggle to pay rent, for food, and for heat when jobs become tough to find, and layoffs or reduced hours are common.
Volunteers will be accepting trees and donations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday only— January 2nd— at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, 2315 N. Highway 101, across from the Safeway Shopping Center.
Contributions to the energy assistance program for those in need may also be mailed to Community Services Consortium at 120 Northeast Avery Street, Newport, OR 97365. Please mark checks “For energy assistance.”
The Central Lincoln People’s Utility District is Oregon’s fourth-largest electric utility, serving some 700 square miles and approximately 55,000 people in portions of Coos, Douglas, Lane, and Lincoln counties. Central Lincoln is not-for-profit, and is publicly-owned, meaning it was created by voters to serve the public.