Sunrise Rotary Club member Jeremy Wilkerson was a tree hugger Monday morning for the MARC House.

The giant truck came from North Carolina, not the North Pole, but it smelled like Christmas in Key West on Nov. 23, when volunteers unloaded more than 600 Christmas trees for the MARC organization’s annual tree sale.

Although not scheduled to start officially until Friday, Nov. 27, executive director Diana Flenard said they’ll start selling trees as soon as people want to start buying them. Workers at the Monroe Association for Remarkable Citizens have been busily unwrapping and setting up displays.

Two additional tree shipments will arrive in the first two weeks of December and the sale will last until Christmas Eve — or until all the trees are sold. 

The tree sale is MARC’s largest annual fundraiser, and also features decorated wreaths, poinsettias, mistletoe airplants and a gift shop filled with ornaments and decorations.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the MARC House on Seminary Street.
A team of volunteers stacked, carried and tagged more than 600 Christmas trees in the first of three shipments that will arrive between now and Christmas.
One of the largest trees on the lot took several volunteers to heft into place the morning of Nov. 23, when the trees arrived.
Cricket Desmarais was among the two dozen or so volunteers who showed up early to empty a refrigerated truck filled with Christmas trees for the MARC’s annual tree sale fundraiser.
The MARC Christmas tree lot features trees of all sizes, from tabletop miniatures to two-story giants.

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