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New West firefighters getting set to chip your Christmas tree

Save the Date: Jan. 2, 2022
The New Westminster Firefighters' Charitable Society's annual tree chipping fundraiser takes place Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 at city hall. Record/File

The New Westminster Firefighters’ Charitable Society is making a move to city hall for the 2022 tree chipping event.

While the longtime location of the tree chipping in the Canada Games Pool parking lot is not available this year because of construction of the new aquatics and community centre, the event will carry on – with a few changes.

“It’s going to be Jan. 2 – one day only,” said firefighter Glen Bailey. “This year we are doing it at city hall. We are still working on the logistics of city hall.”

While the details of the precise location at city hall are yet to be determined, it’s set to take place on Sunday, Jan. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In order to prevent too much congregating, activities like fire extinguisher demonstrations (where folks can see how quickly a dried out Christmas tree goes up in flames) may not be offered.

“It’s going to be a drive-thru-ish type event,” Bailey said. “People are always welcome to stop and watch the trees get chipped.”

The by-donation tree-chipping event will also give chance to grab a bite to eat at three food trucks that will be in attendance.

“It is going to be Little oOtie's (Mini Donuts), REEL Mac and Cheese and Taco ‘N Todo,” Bailey said. “They are going to be coming by. They are going to be making a donation to us for participating.”

The New Westminster Firefighters’ Charitable Society raises money to support various charities and non-profits, including the Royal Columbian Hospital pediatrics ward, St. Barnabas Church, the Burn Fund and the Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families and the Union Gospel Mission in New Westminster. It’s fundraisers include the tree chipping and paper shredding events.

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