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Optimist Tree Lot is part of local Christmas tradition

By Letters to the Editor

To The Editor:
The Manhattan Breakfast Optimist Club this year is continuing the annual tradition of selling Christmas trees and holiday decorations. 

All proceeds benefit local area youth and community projects.  These projects include the Optimist Ball Park, which is used almost year-round by Optimist supported fast-pitch softball teams, the K-State fast-pitch club team and the Optimist T-Ball program.

Other youth activities that funds from our Christmas tree sales support include Kid Wrest-ling, the Manhattan Marlins, the Gold Orchestra, Pops Choir, Parks and Recreation sports teams, the Ogden Friendship House, Youth of the Month, Camp for Stars and the Early Expres-sions Kids Art Fair.

When you buy a tree from the Optimist Tree Lot every last dime stays in the Manhattan community and is invested in these types of programs that benefit our young people. No other distributor of Christmas trees in Manhattan can make this claim.  In a very real sense, many of us who have grown up in Manhattan have somehow or another directly benefited from the funds raised at our tree lot.

This marks the 55th year that the tree lot tradition has been a part of Manhattan’s Christmas season. Please experience it either for the first time, or once again, in 2013.

We have a large selection of trees with three varieties of firs, including Fraser firs, and two types of pines from which to choose. We have an especially large number of very tall trees (9 feet tall and taller). 

Our friendly, knowledgeable and always optimistic volunteers will help you pick out a tree to remember. They will also pack-age your tree for easy transport and carry it to your vehicle. 

In addition, we have every-thing you need to trim your tree , including tree stands, ornaments and lights. If you do not need a tree and you would still like to contribute to our efforts, we also carry garlands, wreaths and door swags. We also carry outside ornamental lighting and re-placement bulbs.

The Lot is at Optimist Park. Take Seth Child to Amherst Avenue.  Turn east onto Amherst toward Little Apple Toyota-Honda, then go left on Plymate Lane and follow the signs. We will be open from and 2 to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Our regular hours thereafter will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends and 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays.

Please shop the Optimist tree lot this holiday season and help us to support positive activities for our local youth. Your satisfaction is absolutely guaran-teed.

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