‘Tis the season of giving and the Lions Club of Savannah will be doing plenty of it, with their annual Lions Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser held at Daffin Park (at the corner of Victory Drive and Cedar Street) beginning from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 21. The trees range from 6-10 feet and start at $35 per tree.
The goal will be to sell 500 Christmas trees, with 100 percent of the profits going to local organizations such as H.U.G.S. (Heads-Up Guidance Services), Salvation Army, Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, and more, a feat that President of the Lions Club of Savannah Sherri Forbes feels they will accomplish rather quickly.
“We stay open until we’ve sold every one of them,” said Forbes. “Last year we had 714 trees that we sold out in six days. We’re hoping that everyone comes to get their tree early. The sooner you get your tree and do a fresh slight cut and put it in a bucket of water, it will stay greener for you much longer.”
The trees come straight from a grower in North Carolina and, on Saturday, will be only a few days removed from being cut down.
“Our reputation throughout the year has been we have the best trees,” said Forbes. “I can attest to that, my Christmas tree lasts until February. So they’re great trees. We also handpick 12-foot trees for City Market and a couple of other restaurants.”
The Lions Club of Savannah has been serving the community through volunteer work for generations as the Lions Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser has taken place every year since 1977.
“The Lion’s Club of Savannah is 98-years-old this year, and the tree lot has been our biggest fundraiser for 40 years,” said Forbes. “During those 40 years, we have helped families to pick out the perfect Christmas tree, and that’s the joy that we get from the tree lot. Now we have their third generation grandchildren who are adults, coming and picking out trees. It’s become their family tradition over the years. It just gives us such gratitude for the relationships and the history that we have.”