Holidays in Washington: Tree sales to benefit local groups, programs

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Boy Scout Troop 100 is holding its 14th annual sale this year. (photo courtesy of Troop 100)
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By Anath Hartmann 

Now that Thanksgiving is over, D.C. residents can expect to soon see Christmas-tree sellers setting up camp in their neighborhoods. With so many events raising funds for charity and school functions, it’s easy to ensure that getting your tree also means doing good.

Among the oldest of the players in the holiday-tree-sales game are the Boy Scouts, who have been selling trees and wreaths in the city for decades. This year is no exception, with numerous troop-sponsored sales taking place throughout Northwest. The Metropolitan Memorial Campus of the National United Methodist Church at Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW, for example, will host the wreath and tree sale of Boy Scout Troop 666 on Friday through Sunday.

The nearly century-old Boy Scout Troop 100 will hold its own 14th annual sale this Saturday at the Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church on Tenley Circle NW. Proceeds, which average about $3,500 each year, go toward keeping the troop active, and contribute to operating costs. These include buying tents, fuel, stoves and various other pieces of camping equipment, as well as scouting supplies such as merit badges and handbooks, said Troop 100 parent and volunteer Kate Laguarda, .

Trees at the Troop 100 sale will come from a family-owned West Virginia farm and be cut just two days before the lot opens. Shoppers have three tree options: a Fraser fir ($80), a Canaan Valley fir ($80) and, for those with less space, a blue spruce tabletop ($40). For an extra $10, tree buyers can even get their tree delivered to their homes. Pre-ordering is available at squareup.com/store/century-troop.

Local schools have also gotten in on the action. This year will be the fifth annual Christmas-tree sale for Tenleytown’s Janney Elementary, which offers in-person and online ordering, as well as delivery ($25) or pickup.

“The tree/wintergreens sale proceeds help support all that the PTA does for Janney,” Tara Cooksey, Janney PTA co-president, told The Current. That includes “salaries for 10 teachers and staff positions, educational materials, uniforms for our sports teams, textbooks and everyday operational needs of the school, like toilet paper and the exterminator.”

Trees, decorations, wreaths and related accessories will be sold on the school’s mulch playground for the next two weekends. Pre-ordering is available at squareup.com/market/janneypta-holidaygreens.

Ross Elementary School in Dupont Circle will hold its 10th annual tree sale this weekend as well. All proceeds from the sale of trees, wreaths and stands will go to the Ross PTA to support school initiatives. Tree prices will range from $37 for a 3- to 4-foot tabletop tree with a stand, to $95 to $190 for a 7- to 10-foot Fraser fir. Ross also offers online shoppers the option of donating anywhere from $5 to $100 toward the purchase of trees for local families who cannot afford to buy their own trees. Bonus: Ordering online at squareup.com/store/RossPTA before Friday gets shoppers a 10 percent discount.

Eaton Elementary in Cleveland Park is another school that will hold its tree sale this weekend. The annual event, which started more than two decades ago, sees all funds raised going toward student activities and learning initiatives. Trees come in from a Pennsylvania farm, so many will have been freshly cut just 48 hours before the sale, organizers said.

Area philanthropic organizations are also selling trees this month. The DC Palisades Georgetown Lions Club Christmas tree event, held in the parking lot of the Safeway at 4865 MacArthur Blvd. NW, started Saturday and will run until all trees are sold.

“They say shopping local gives back to the community, [and that is] so true when it comes to purchasing your fresh Christmas tree from the annual Palisades Georgetown Lions Club sale,” said Tommye Grant, spokesperson for the group. Recipients include Leader Dogs for the Blind and the Palisades Village aging-in-place nonprofit.

Of course, city churches have long held sales in the run-up to Christmas. The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Chevy Chase boasts one of the longest tree-buying events in the area, beginning the week of Thanksgiving and going right up until Christmas Day. Staffed by school and parish volunteers every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. between those dates, the sale’s proceeds benefit a variety of District programs and organizations. The 2016 tree sale netted nearly $21,000 for the selected beneficiaries, according to organizers.

Some local sales

■ Eaton Elementary School, 3301 Lowell St. NW: Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

■ Janney Elementary School, 4120 Albemarle St. NW; Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m.; Dec. 9 from noon to 4 p.m.; Dec. 10 from noon to 4 p.m.

■ Key Elementary School, 5001 Dana Place NW; Dec. 2 and 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

■ DC Palisades Georgetown Lions Club, Safeway, 4865 MacArthur Blvd. NW; Nov. 25 until sold out, 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

■ Ross Elementary School, 1730 R St. NW; Dec. 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

■ West Education Campus, 14th and Farragut streets NW; Dec. 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

■ Boy Scout Troop 100, Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church, 3920 Alton Place NW; Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

■ Boy Scout Troop 666, Metropolitan Memorial Campus of the National United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW; Dec. 1, 2 and 3 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

■ Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 3630 Quesada St. NW; Nov. 25 to Dec. 25 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.