Vernon Search and Rescue reunites lost individuals with loved ones, but now it wants to connect families with the holiday spirit.
The non-profit agency will be holding its second annual Christmas tree fundraiser at the Village Green Hotel parking lot starting Thursday.
“All donations go directly to your Vernon Search and Rescue group so we can continue to provide rescue services to our community,” said Stephanie Ross, spokesperson.
The volunteer unit assists with finding people who have become lost in the backcountry or are missing, including on lakes, rivers, mountains or in urban settings.
The unit raises money for ongoing skill development and for equipment.
The Christmas trees, which are being sold by donation, are being cut down from local B.C. Hydro right-of-ways today.
“The trees will be fresh for the season,” said Ross.
The fundraiser is sponsored by B.C. Hydro and the utility’s Power Smart team will be around during the event. Starbucks will be supplying coffee.
Also available will be raffle tickets for the 2008 Kawasaki dirt bike which Banner Recreational Products donated to Search and Rescue to raise funds.
The Christmas tree fundraiser takes place at the Village Green Hotel Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m, Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We hope everyone in the community will get into the Christmas spirit while also showing their support for Search and Rescue and its activities,” said Ross.