HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Men's Association began preparations for their annual Christmas tree sale and visit from Santa this past Saturday at the corner of Terrace and Franklin Avenues. The sale continues a 30+ year tradition and is one of the group's largest fundraisers that goes to fund high school scholarships.

Volunteers started early Saturday morning preparing for the annual event. Members cleared the property, assembled the temporary holiday house, set up support racks for the trees and installed electric service for the Christmas lights. The trees will arrive next Saturday.

The Christmas tree sale officially begins on Saturday, November 25. It will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year the group has ordered 315 trees, up from 265 in 2016, when they sold out weeks before Christmas. Fraser and Balsam trees from five to 10 feet tall and tree stands will be available. The group will also wrap and tie purchased trees to vehicles.

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This year the group is holding a Senior Citizen Christmas Tree Raffle. Tickets will available in the Hasbrouck Heights Senior Center. Entrants must be a Hasbrouck Heights resident, 65 and older. Winner need not be present at the drawing. HHMA members will deliver and set up a 5’-6’ tree with a stand and will also remove tree and stand after the holidays are over. HHMA members are not eligible for this raffle. Drawing held Saturday December 2, 2:00 p.m.

In addition, this holiday season the men's association is providing a Thanksgiving meal for two families in need from Hasbrouck Heights. And they will also be adopting a family that could use some help by providing wrapped Christmas presents for the children.

Then on Saturday, December 2 Santa arrives. Children and families can take pictures with Santa from 2nd 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The HHMA is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that raises money for college scholarships for graduating seniors, who are looking to further their education. This past June they awarded 15 $750 scholarships at the annual ceremony. The annual Christmas tree sale is one of the main fundraisers.Others include a spring golf outing in May and assistance with the Hasbrouck Heights 5K race. The group is open to men, 18 years and older. For additional information, visit the group's Facebook page.