Easthampton church reviving Kiwanis Club’s former Christmas tree sale

Staff Writer
Published: 11/22/2020 7:57:04 PM
Modified: 11/22/2020 7:56:47 PM

EASTHAMPTON — For decades, the Kiwanis Club of Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton sold Christmas trees and gave the profits to charity, a tradition that was discontinued after the club was disbanded in 2019. Now, some of the former members have revived the sale.

“I think it’s great,” said Fran Root, who estimated that he’d headed the tree-selling effort for the Kiwanis for 40 years.

The new tree sale is being put on by members of the Easthampton Congregational Church, of which Root is a lifelong member.

“I was baptized here in 1942,” Root said.

Another Kiwanis member, Jeff Swanson, spearheaded organizing the sale, which is set to start on Nov. 28.

“We said we’d start with 225 for the first year,” said Swanson, which he said is half of what the Kiwanis used to sell.

The sale will take place on the grounds of The Massage School in Easthampton, the same place the Kiwanis had their sale. Hours will be Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. All trees will cost $60, although people who can’t afford this can negotiate a lower price, Root said.

The location isn’t the only thing that the new sale will share with the old one. Swanson said that other Kiwanis members handed over supplies used for the old sale, and the same tree company is being used.

“They tend to deliver us beautiful trees,” Swanson said.

Money raised from the sale will go to the Easthampton Congregational Church’s local mission work, which includes its Food Cupboard.

“This is charity,” Root said.“This is not just for the church.”

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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