Local Boy Scouts are collecting and recycling Christmas trees in the Sisters community on January 3. They request a donation of at least $10 and will gladly accept any donation over that amount. All the money raised from the boys’ efforts goes directly to the individual scout troops.

Your donation is used to fund local troop activities, community service projects and to replace worn out camping and other outdoor gear that the boys use throughout the year.

Call 541-385-2640 for pick-up information for Sisters.

Scouts request that you have your tree cleaned of all decorations and place it by the street where it is easily visible to scouts and drivers. They will not be checking alleys. Make a check out to BSA Troop 139. Place your donation in a plastic bag and secure it to the tree with a rubber band. The scouts will be cruising the area picking up trees starting around 9 a.m.

If you wish to make other payment arrangements, need special assistance with your tree or have general questions, call and/or leave a message at the messaging phone number.

The Sisters pick-up is part of a region-wide program.

“We see this as a win/win situation for the community and for the local scout troops” said John Mason, tree recycling coordinator for Troop 25 of NW Bend.

Mason pointed out that the recycling project provides a service to the community; reduces the incidence of dumped trees in building lots or on public lands, reduces fire danger and teaches organizational skills and team-building to the scouts involved at all levels of the project.

“This is a boy-led and boy-managed program,” Mason reported. “We estimate that these boys recycle 7,500 trees each year. A big thank-you goes out to the communities who have made this event a big success and improved the lives of so many boys through scouting.”