Former Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick is continuing his 30-year tradition of a free Christmas tree giveaway Saturday in the back parking lot of the Philip Sheridan Building, a former elementary school at 3200 Elmwood Ave. in the Town of Tonawanda.
Swanick said about 250 trees will be available, ranging from four to 10 feet tall. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will be on hand to assist with loading the trees and freshly cutting the trunks. After 1 p.m., those who want the trees will have to handle them on their own. Swanick said that time is often used by "people who are embarrassed with their situation this year."
"We believe everyone should have a Christmas tree," said Swanick, who started the tradition while he was in office and kept it going after he left the Legislature in 2005.
The trees were obtained from tree farms and nurseries, where they went unsold.
The Town of Tonawanda Highway Department will mulch the unclaimed trees next week, Swanick said.