River Hill Lions’ tree sales begin with grand volunteers

news@lakewyliepilot.comNovember 23, 2012 

— The day after Thanksgiving was made special thanks to several grandsons.

As the River Hills Lions Club’s annual Christmas tree sales got under way at Camp Thunderbird’s entrance off Charlotte Highway, not all the volunteers were actually club members. The grandsons of Lion Ken Shaffer pitched in to help.

Ken Shaffer of New York, Tyler and Jesse Reiriz Charlotte, and Travis Conomos of New Jersey - all visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday - spent the day preparing, loading and delivering trees.

“He couldn’t come, so we wanted to help,” said Tyler Reiriz.

Lions president RJ Phillips’ grandson, RJ Eggebrecht of Tega Cay and a senior at Fort Mill High School, also helped saying, “It’s the right thing to do.”

The Lions president said last year’s tree sales netted $8,200.

“Today is really our first day,” he said, although the Frasier fir trees were delivered and began to sell Monday. “Hopefully, and we usually do, we'll sell out.”

The sale runs through Dec. 12, and is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. The trees come the North Carolina mountains. Trees start at $35, and wreaths start at $15. Garland roping and red bows for mailboxes also are for sale. Free delivery is offered in the Lake Wylie area. Father Christmas will appear on weekends.

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