Usually the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service is busy saving lives or responding to emergencies. But right now members are selling Christmas trees to raise money for the finishing touches on their new building.
"We started this process. This is going on our third year starting on our new building. Our old building was just all deteriorated and just ready to fall down," said Larry Brockway, Director of the ambulance service. Brockway gets the Christmas trees from a local tree farmer. He says he usually sells about 200 every season.
"The Christmas tree sale is part of the building fund project, Doug Downs is the person that supplies the trees for us, in return he gives us part of the profit he makes to help with the new addition of the building," Brockway said.
Business may be a little slow on the first day of selling Christmas trees, but volunteers say that as they get closer to Christmas, they can sell up to 20 trees in an hour.
Brockway says the job is about 90 percent complete, with only a few additions to go. On the old part where the Christmas trees are now, we need to tear that down and make a nice entranceway on that side of the street for the neighbors," he said.
Brockway hopes to have the new building completed by the spring of 2015.