Katie Kelly, left, and Dean Williams from KidSport and Port Alberni Fire Dept. members Cail Low and Andre Guerin collect dozens of used Christmas trees for donation to KidSport on Jan. 2, 2021. Donations will help Alberni Valley kids participate in sports, while the trees will be chipped and used as mulch in the city’s parks and recreation areas. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Katie Kelly, left, and Dean Williams from KidSport and Port Alberni Fire Dept. members Cail Low and Andre Guerin collect dozens of used Christmas trees for donation to KidSport on Jan. 2, 2021. Donations will help Alberni Valley kids participate in sports, while the trees will be chipped and used as mulch in the city’s parks and recreation areas. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Dozens of Christmas trees collected for chipping

Donations will help KidSport in Port Alberni

A torrential downpour on Saturday, Jan. 2 didn’t deter volunteers from KidSport and the Port Alberni Fire Department from collecting used Christmas trees by donation, behind Echo Centre.

“This year we had a record number of trees—185—and donations,” said Willa Thorpe, the city’s director of Parks, Recreation and Heritage. People donated a total of $2,461.75 that will go to KidSport.

Volunteers were on hand to help take trees off residents’ hands when they brought them to the collection point. The City of Port Alberni will chip the trees and use the resulting mulch for its parks and recreation areas.

The second day of tree collection, Jan. 3, 2021, was much nicer, with a break in the weather bringing a brighter sky and little to no rain.

Donations collected will go toward helping Alberni Valley youth participate in individual and team sports, said KidSport volunteer Dean Williams.

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