The Wilshire Rotary Club of Los Angeles is celebrating its ninth year of selling Christmas trees on Larchmont Boulevard. The Rotary tree lot is the club’s largest fundraiser, with 100 percent of profits divided equally between the Wilshire Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
The funds support community service projects and scholarships as well as humanitarian projects throughout the world. Since July, Wilshire Rotary has supported HopeNet, The Anderson/Munger YMCA, Operation School Bell, The LAPD Reserve Foundation, The Crown Jewel Club at Normandie Elementary School, Vision to Learn and the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Solar Home Project.
The foundation has also used the proceeds for baby supplies and pumpkins that were donated to families at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton and shoes for the LAPD Olympic Division’s Operation Shoes from Santa program. During the fall, the club provided dictionaries purchased with money from the foundation to more than 500 third grade students at local public elementary schools. Each year, dozens of Christmas trees from the lot are also donated to needy families and shelters in the community.
The largest project of Rotary International for the past 26 years has been the eradication of polio worldwide. Working with the World Health Organization, Rotarians have donated millions of volunteer hours and billions of dollars to eradicate polio. Wilshire Rotarians continue the fight to “End Polio Now” using money generated at the Christmas tree lot.
The Wilshire Rotary tree lot is located at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd., one-and-a-half blocks south of Melrose Avenue. The lot is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offers fresh-cut Noble, Douglas, Fraser and Nordmann fir trees that arrive each week from Oregon. Wreaths, garland and Christmas tree supplies are also available. For information, visit www.christmastreesonlarchmont.com.
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