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Palos Heights Ald. Jack Clifford is looking for volunteers Saturday to help with a Christmas tree project. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Heights Ald. Jack Clifford is looking for volunteers Saturday to help with a Christmas tree project. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Clifford seeks help with Palos Lions Christmas tree delivery

By Jeff Vorva

The trees are coming.

At Tuesday’s Palos Heights City Council meeting, Ald. Jack Clifford announced that there will be at least 600 Christmas trees delivered and he is seeking a little help.

The Palos Lions Club will have its annual tree sale at 127th Street and Harlem Avenue shortly after they are loaded off the truck on Saturday.

Clifford said that work will begin at 8 a.m. and it usually lasts a few hours.

“A very large flat truck will arrive with 600 or 700 Christmas trees and any help we can get to help unload would be greatly appreciated,” Clifford said. “Each year, it gets a little harder as we get a little older.

“We’re still out there looking. There will be coffee and rolls for everybody and any help at all – pushing a broom, keeping the needles clean – we welcome. Last year, we were unloaded by 10 a.m.”

The money from the tree sales will again help area residents.

“We do a lot of good,” Clifford said. “The money goes to feed families during the Christmas season. We get requests for food baskets.

“We used to go to Jewel and literally put the food in the baskets and go to the families and give it to them. Now, we find out the number of families and after we pay off the trees, we use the remaining money and we give them a turkey, a ham and a food card. They can only use the card for food, no liquor or cigarettes or that kind of stuff.”

The alderman estimates 40-50 families in the area will receive the food and cards.

Clifford added that Ald. Jerry McGovern, who was absent from the meeting, will soon be distributing boxes around town to help the Marines Toys for Tots program, which helps provide toys for less fortunate children around the holidays.

In another holiday tradition, Clifford said he will be putting donation boxes throughout the community for the Manteno Veterans Home.

Also during the meeting, Ald. Jeffrey Key said that the city’s Farmer’s Market moved indoors for a couple of events at the Parks and Recreation Center, 6601 W. 127th St. The first one took place last Saturday and the next will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 18.

“Really, calling it a Farmer’s Market is a bit of a misnomer,” Key said. “There is produce there from farms, but there are also crafts, jewelry sales and it’s very well attended.”

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