With Florham Park's Christmas Tree lighting only hours away, area families may start wondering: Where can we get our own Christmas tree this year?
Several civic organizations in Florham Park, East Hanover, Madison and Chatham sell Christmas trees each year as fundraisers.
The Florham Park Jaycees, for example, have their Christmas tree sale on now on Ridgedale Avenue, in the parking lot of the Chase Bank. Dave Forbes, the head of the Florham Park Jaycees, said, "The proceeds go towards scholarships for local high school seniors and to help local organizations," such as youth sports in the borough.
In Chatham also the Jaycees open up their Christmas tree stand each year at the corner of Main Street and Brooklake Road. Funds go toward the Jaycees' scholarship program, and toward a dedicated civic cause each year.
In 2011, after Hurricane Irene, the Jaycees used funds from their Christmas tree sale to help the Shade Tree Commission in the borough prune and replant trees. After Hurricane Sandy, Bill Heap of the Chatham Borough Jaycees told the council they would like to donate money to the same cause this year, too.
In Madison, the Madison Area YMCA has opened their annual Christmas tree sale. Proceeds from their sales benefit the YMCA's programs, especially programs for youths and children.
Here are a few other places to pick up a Christas tree this year:
- New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association
- Dixiedale Farm, Chatham
- The Village Tree Farm, Green Village
- The Chatham Jaycees tree stand: Main Street and Brooklake Road, Chatham.
- The Florham Park Jaycees tree stand: In the parking lot of Chase Bank, 186 Ridgedale Ave., 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Madison Area YMCA: 3 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Chatham Township Fire Department