Boy Scouts collect trees, coats Saturday

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Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will pick up used Christmas trees for recycling and collect new or gently used coats during their annual collection event Saturday.

Starting at 9 a.m. the scouts will visit neighborhoods in Battle Ground, Camas, Vancouver, and Washougal. If you want your tree collected, remove all your lights and decorations and place it at your curb by 8 a.m. that day.

The Scouts are accepting donations for their efforts; the suggested donation is $7 per tree.

Trees will be taken to McFarlane's Bark, the Camas Operations Center, the West Van Materials Recovery Center, Clark Public Utilities and Waste Connections.

The new and gently used coats will be donated to Friends of the Carpenter, a homeless drop-in center, for cleaning and distribution to sister charities like Share, Open House Ministries and the Rotary club's "Coats for Kids" project. Place coats you want to donate on your porch, clearly marked for the Scout Coat Drive.

According to organizer and scoutmaster David Cramblett, 382 Scouts and 333 adult volunteers participated last year. They recycled 4,441 trees and donated 1,077 coats to local charities.

For more information, contact Cramblett at 503-730-6201 or david@functionalchaos.net.