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Christmas Trees That Help the Homeless

Burlington, Vermont - December 9, 2009

Hundreds of Christmas trees will help ensure homeless people have a place to stay this winter.

Wednesday morning, 300 locally-grown Christmas trees were unloaded and set up in the City Market parking lot in Burlington. The grocery store will sell the trees for $30 apiece. The proceeds go to COTS.

"The amount of hunger and homeless has really risen in Vermont," said Clem Nilan of City Market, "especially with the recession we are in and have seen in the last year. It has spiked a lot. We have families coming to the food shelf that have never been at the food shelf. We have people who don't have places to stay."

Another 300 trees are expected to arrive in the coming days and City Market says they always sell out. City Market has held this fundraiser for the past 11 years, raising $44,000 for COTS.

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