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Local church sells Christmas trees to help high school Submitted: 11/20/2017
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

Local church sells Christmas trees to help high school
MERRILL - Getting a real Christmas tree to decorate your home can really bring the smells and sights of the holidays right to your living room.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill sells Christmas trees and wreaths in the lot next to the Trinity Lutheran School.

Tree lot organizer Dan Frick says he has been selling trees there for a decade.

However, this year people pay for the trees by simply dropping their money off in a mailbox on site.

"It's a blessing to be able to have these trees here where people can come and get them on their own [because] it's self-served. And the trust that [the tree buying system] sets up is what means so much to me," said Frick.

Each year, Frick makes about $4,000 which he donated to Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School in Mosinee.

Frick gets his trees from High Ground Tree Farm in Merrill.

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