Christmas tree pick-up deemed another success

The Fort Frances Fire Brigade said their annual Christmas tree pick-up went off without a hitch Saturday, raising almost $1,000 for a local yet-to-be-determined charity.
“The chief said it was a ‘great success,’” firefighter Rob Dokuchie said Monday, noting the weather was much milder for the tree pick-up than in recent years.
Several hundred trees were shredded and taken to the landfill Saturday.
While the fire brigade wanted to only do the pick-up on Saturday, they got several calls saying they missed a tree here or there. Firefighters have since gone and picked up those particular trees, too.
As in past years, those residents who put their trees out for pick-up were asked to make a donation to the fire brigade. This year, almost $1,000 was collected.
This money will go to a charity or family in need, though a specific recipient hasn’t been decided yet, noted Dokuchie.
In the past, the firefighters donated to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Care Close to Home” campaign, the “Risk Watch” safety education program being taught in district elementary schools, and local families in need.