The Comox Firefighters Tree Recycling event is Jan. 2 and 3. Photo supplied

The Comox Firefighters Tree Recycling event is Jan. 2 and 3. Photo supplied

Annual Comox Firefighters fundraiser employs drive-through approach

This year’s Comox Firefighters Tree Recycling event will be different.

This will be a drive-thought event where people stay in their vehicles, and firefighters using PPE and COVID-19 protocols remove your tree and collect a donation for YANA (You Are Not Alone).

Comox firefighters have been hosting this event for more than 20 years. As always, all donations support YANA. Firefighters will also be selling a limited edition Comox Fire chocolate bar made by local business, Hot Chocolates. This helps support local business, and further supports YANA.

The charity provides accommodations and funding to Comox Valley families that need to travel outside the community for medical treatment for a child under 19, or for a pregnant mother.

The event is Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The public can also phone the fire station at 250-339-2432 or email to arrange to have their tree picked up at their home.

“This is a win/win for everyone,” Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner said. “The trees get recycled and the donations go to a great local cause. I am so proud of our firefighters here for not only responding to hundreds of emergency calls each year but also for all the “extra” things they do to make our community a great place to live.”

Last year, the Comox firefighters collected more than $4,500 for YANA.