Reservations required for Boy Scouts Christmas tree collection in Jackson

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JACKSON, MI – The Christmas tree pickup for Boy Scout Troop 424 will be a little different due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Jackson residents are to call and make a reservation for the troop to collect their abandoned tree on January 9. For the past several years, the Boy Scouts have been roaming the city to collect all the trees along the road.

Different families will not share vehicles, which limits the number of trees the troop can catch, committee chairman Tom McKown said.

“We’re glad we could organize something, but we didn’t want to commit to doing the whole town,” McKown said. “We are as creative as possible to try to do everything.”

Residents of Summit Township will also need to make a move reservation, but that’s the same as in previous years, he said.

The free tree picking takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 9. Scouts will leave an envelope on people’s doorstep if they wish to donate, which will go entirely to the troop.

Residents of the City of Jackson and Summit Township should call 517-740-0570 to leave a message with their address and phone number to request a pickup.

McKown expects them to pick up around 300 discarded Christmases. The other years, they caught close to 1,000.

People can drop their trees between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Jan. 9 in the parking lot at Queen of the Miraculous Medal Church, 1111 Carlton Blvd., if there are any members of the troupe in attendance, McKown said. .

“If we’re not there, we try to leave a note so people don’t just drop their trees in the parking lot,” he said. “If we only had a bunch of trees there, that wouldn’t be right.”

All trees collected by Troop 424 are recycled.

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