Volunteers Shred Christmas Trees to Help the Needy
Central Lincoln PUD volunteers will be turning Christmas trees into mulch at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport this Saturday (December 29) and next Saturday (January 5) for donations for Community Services Consortium’s heating assistance program for those in need. Christmas trees will be shredded in seconds in a high-speed tree chipper, much to the enjoyment of any children who come to watch. The mulch created is given to local gardeners.
Those who bring their trees to be chipped will also receive a package of free energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs. Anyone is welcome to contribute to the assistance effort with or without a Christmas tree.
Volunteers will be accepting trees and donation$$ from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, December 29 and next Saturday, January 5 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, 2315 N. Highway 101, across from the Safeway shopping center. The Newport Les Schwab Tire Center is supporting the effort by picking up trees in the Newport area for a donation to the cause from those unable to bring their trees to the Atonement Lutheran Church site. To arrange for tree pick-up, Les Schwab volunteers can be reached at 541-270-1038.
Central Lincoln’s Fleet Specialist Bob Cusick is leading the volunteer effort, which he has done for five years. “I believe everyone here on the Central Coast knows someone or several people who struggle to pay for heat,” Cusick said. “I love that this event is a win-win-win: folks can get rid of their Christmas trees after the holiday, help people who need the help, and get energy-saving light bulbs in the process. Plus, the trees are recycled into mulch, which is good for the environment. Many of the kids who stop by love to see their unwanted Christmas trees shredded in less than seven seconds with that high-speed chipper.”
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 700 square miles and 55,000 residents in portions of Coos, Douglas, Lane, and Lincoln counties. Central Lincoln is not-for-profit, and is publicly-owned, meaning it was created by the public to serve the public.