HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Men's Association began preparations for their annual Christmas tree sale and visit from Santa on 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 toward high school scholarships.

Volunteers started Saturday morning preparing for the annual event. Members cleared the property, raked leaves, assembled the temporary holiday house, set up support racks for the trees and installed electric service for the Christmas lights. The trees will arrive on Friday, November 29.

The Christmas tree sale officially begins on Saturday, November 30. 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. According to Steve Palladino, HHMA's president, this year the group has ordered 380 trees, up from 340 in 2018, that totally sold out. They will be offering Fraser and Balsam trees from five to 10 feet tall. 

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Then on Saturday, December 7, Santa arrives. Children and families can take pictures with Santa from 12noon to 3 p.m. No purchase is needed to visit and takes photos with Santa.

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. They award scholarships to Hasbrouck Heights High School seniors at the annual ceremony in early June. The annual Christmas tree sale is one of the main fundraisers. Other events 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. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the VFW. Regular meetings will resume again in January. For additional information, visit the group's Facebook page.

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