Christmas comes early again for local scouts

#19 Scouts at their Christmas tree lot on St. Clair Street in Chatham. December 2018. (Photo courtesy of Scott Praill)

A Chatham business is keeping a holiday tradition alive by supporting a local scouts group while also providing free Christmas trees to local residents.

Ken and Sean Edwards’ of Leon’s in Chatham bought all of the remaining trees from the lot on St. Clair Street north of Oxley Drive that the #19 Scouts were operating as a fundraiser for their group.

Those trees will be available for pickup free of charge on a first-come-first-served basis at the lot after 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 18.

“We’re always happy to be part of this fundraiser,” said Ken Edwards. “It is a win-win for us, we can support youth in the community and help families that need assistance have a happy Christmas by donating these great trees.”

The money the scouts raise through the Christmas tree sales goes to support a group of almost 90 youth and over 20 scouter volunteers.

“It is very exciting to see how the youth who joined when they were beavers at age five are now scouts or ventures in high school mentoring others at the tree lot,” said scouter Andrea Winter. “They all enjoy volunteering together, learning about the trees, and playing together in the lot. We truly appreciate this fundraiser and the ongoing support Leon’s continues to provide our group.”