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Shoppers hit Christmas tree lots

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 10:19 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Under a cold, dark sky, several families pulled into the parking lot full of fresh Christmas trees at 1st Street and Adams Avenue in Huntington on Saturday night.

"We do this every year," said Carolyn Dunfee of Milton. "We always go to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State lot, probably most of the last 20 years. It's just a worthy cause."

She and her husband, David, said they always get a Scotch Pine, a tradition they've had since their kids were little, and one they are continuing after both their son and daughter got married this year.

Matt and Cindy Pinson also got their tree from the same lot, also saying they'd rather buy a tree from a charity that helps children. And it is appreciated, said Cindy Jordan, the administrative assistant for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State, who worked the lot Saturday with her two children.

The organization, which is in its 32nd year selling trees, has two other lots: HIMG in the 5700 block of U.S. 60 in Huntington and the Ashland Tennis Center at 1300 Oakview Road, Ashland, Ky. The lots are open from noon to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekends, with sales ongoing until Christmas or the trees are gone. Businesses, groups or organizations are encouraged to volunteer for a three-hour shift. For more information, call 304-522-2191 or 606-329-8799.

Also selling trees are Boy Scout Troop 63, at River Park Plaza along U.S. 60 East in Barboursville. Proceeds will help fund summer camp and awards and to replace equipment lost in the 2011 flood. That's a cause worth supporting, said Corky and Bre Dowdy of Barboursville, who were out to get a tree Sunday afternoon. Both of them said they grew up in households that always got trees from the Boy Scout lot, which had been for years on the parking lot at K-Mart.

"Here is the difference, it's local," Bre Dowdy said. "And it teaches the scouts to be responsible."

Assen Poppoff and his 12-year-old son, Nick, worked the Boy Scout lot Sunday and said they appreciate people coming to get trees there. They officially opened the lot Saturday, but Poppoff said they had some people show up Friday evening as the Fraser Firs were unloaded, freshly cut from a farm in North Carolina.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The sale will run through Sunday, Dec. 23.



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