Operation: Christmas Tree Pick-Up - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/28/02

Operation: Christmas Tree Pick-Up

Taking down the Christmas tree seems like a bigger job than putting it up, so if you're ready to get rid of your tree, the local Boy Scouts are here to help. Saturday morning, they went out on a special mission knocking on doors to pick up Christmas trees.

It's called Operation Christmas Tree Pick-Up. Now that the holidays are over, for the Boy Scouts, it's time to get back to work and help their community. Out of the many community service projects these Boy Scouts do, they decided to start a new mission.

"We're out here helping Keep Lubbock Beautiful and the City of Lubbock by collecting unused live, fresh-cut Christmas trees for recycling. If they're put in dumpsters, they go to the landfill and take up space that's needed for other things. This way we can grind them up, use them in mulch, and put them back on the yards and use them as fertilizer," says Gail Kring, Scout Master of Troop #575.

But for Philip Wampler and his big brother, Aaron, it's more than spending a Saturday driving around town to pick up Christmas trees, it's about using their time and energy to help someone else.

"We learn how to help others and be kind," says Philip.

It makes you feel good knowing that you can do something good for other people, and for the Boy Scouts, doing good deeds like picking up trees, well, it's all in a day's work.

"All my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the scout law to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight," says Philip.

"Our motto is be prepared, and the slogan is do a good turn daily, just whether it's doing this by getting Christmas trees or helping somebody by opening the door or mowing somebody's lawn," says Aaron.

If you still have a tree you need to dispose of, the Boy Scouts will be driving around next Saturday, January 4th picking up trees once again. You can call (806) 775-2293 if you would like for them to stop by your house to pick up your tree. Just call before Friday at 5:00 p.m. and they are accepting donations for their time and hard work.

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