Annual River Hills Lions tree sales begin in Lake Wylie

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comNovember 22, 2013 

— It began looking a lot like Christmas on Friday in River Hills, where local Lions brought in their annual haul of greenery to help raise money for charity.

“The location for our lot is the same as it has been,” said Bob Daily with the River Hills Lions Club. “We’re getting in 250 trees and 125 wreaths and garland, the same as previous years.”

Each year the club sells Christmas greenery from a lot just in front of the River Hills main gate, on Camp Thunderbird property. Money raised goes to a variety of local and some national charities through the club. Volunteers unloaded the trees Friday morning for sale 10 a.m. to dark every day through Dec. 15, except Thanksgiving. Father Christmas sightings, courtesy of Lion Frank Van Leer, will be sprinkled in, too.

About 30 Lions showed up close to 8 a.m. Friday and began propping and tying trees to stands. Trees start at $35 but run up to more than $100 for the largest ones. Wreaths run $15-$30. Lion Lee Keller said sales for charity are a great reason why he got the early start Friday, but not the only reason.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said of standing trees with fellow Lions. “It’s a camaraderie.”

Father Christmas also will be the featured guest at the Dec. 14 pancake breakfast, again put on by the club with proceeds going to charity. In addition to breakfast and pictures with Father Christmas, the event includes pony rides, jump houses, and face painting. The pancake breakfast runs 8-11:30 a.m. at the Camp Thunderbird dining hall.

Tickets to the pancake breakfast are $10 for children, which includes all events, and $5 for adults. For tickets or more information, call 803-831-1789.

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