ARMONA – The Christmas Tree lot in Armona is open for business and bustling with families on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree.
Started over 40 years ago by Armona volunteer firefighters and now run by Kings County Firefighters Local Union 3747 for the past four years, the tree lot provides an annual tradition for families and a way for local firefighters to give back to their community.
All proceeds from sales go to the union’s charity fund which supports numerous non-profit organizations. A partial list includes the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation Champ Camp, Kings County Foster Care, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Pioneer Middle School Band, Hanford FFA, Sober Grad celebrations and many local youth athletic leagues.
Josh Cunningham, union president, said in addition to the work the firefighters do every day for the community, this is just another way for the firefighters to give back.
Cunningham, who's worked at the tree lot since 1997 when he was a volunteer firefighter, said a lot of the firefighters have helped with the lot for many years as well. He said they get to know the repeat customers and families who stop by every year.
"The fun part is seeing those same families and watching the kids grow up," Cunningham said. "It's a tradition we're keeping alive."
With around 800 fresh trees shipped in from Oregon, customers can choose between Douglas and Noble Fir ranging in size from 2 feet to 10 feet.
Firefighters and students from local youth organizations can help you choose a tree, put your stand on (also available for purchase), and load it for you. Trees can be custom flocked on site and even include the ever-popular glitter option.
The Christmas tree lot is located at Kings County Fire Station 5, 11235 14th Ave. in Armona. Hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 9p.m. They will also be open until Christmas Eve, inventory permitting.
Cunningham said there is a Christmas tree shortage this year, so the lot wasn't able to get as many trees as they have in past years. He encourages people looking for trees to do so as soon as possible.
Tree prices are $30 and up and fresh wreaths are $20. Military and public safety discounts are available with valid ID.
Come out to find the perfect tree while making family memories and a difference in your community.