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Arlington Optimists secure more trees for Christmas sale

Annual effort raises large amount for youth programs

It may be the doggiest of summer’s dog days, but the Optimist Club of Arlington’s hunt for additional Christmas trees has paid off.

The organization, which has been selling trees for more than three-quarters of a century to raise funds for youth programs, has found an additional 550 Fraser firs from a supplier in Jefferson County, N.C.

They will be added to the 2,000 trees – same type – that are being acquired from the club’s traditional supplier in Galax, Va. That company has provided trees for the Optimist sale for six years.

Supply issues have caused shortages of live Christmas trees since the onset of the pandemic. From 2020 to 2022, a number of organizations that traditionally sold trees in the local area had to either curtail their sales entirely or scale back.

The Optimists kept going, even though last year they were forced to move from their traditional spot (since 1946) at the corner of Langston Boulevard and North Glebe Road when the bank located there would not provide space.

The 2022 sale was held at the Knights of Columbus on Little Falls Road. The 2023 sale will also be there.

Sales are slated to start Friday, Nov. 24, and continue until sold out.