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Published November 27, 2011, 08:32 PM

A Fargo tree stand sells trees to support charitable work

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Christmas tree stands are popping up all over parking lots. Vendors come from all over and some are selling trees for local organizations.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Christmas tree stands are popping up all over parking lots. Vendors come from all over and some are selling trees for local organizations.

Nativity Knights of Columbus Church has had this tree stand for nearly 30 years.

Mathern (Volunteer): "our biggest trees are Fraser furs, 8 - 9 foot."

One of the volunteers is Josh Mathern, He says this tree stand means more than just selling trees.

Mathern: "all the proceeds go to all the charitable works, you know nothing goes to profit for anybody. We are all volunteers who work here."

Some of the money is used to buy food to serve people a hot meal on Christmas, and to buy beds for people who may not have one.

Mathern says aside from the charitable work this tree stands allows them to do, customers can still expect to see everything they see in a big store, if not more.

Mathern: "we have a big range of varieties and sizes."

And with those bigger sellers in the tree business it is at times hard to compete. But if people want a more personalized buying experience, Mathern says his tree stand is the place to go.

Mathern:"places like these small tree lots we help the customer, we make sure they find what they want, help them load it up. Get it so they are ready to go.

Customers say when choosing where to buy their tree they normally look for a lot where profits go to benefit a good cause.

Sinkler (customer): “I mean they seem to know a lot about the trees and were really helpful We would rather help out the Knights of Columbus and stuff like that instead of another franchise one."

Mathern says this tree stand will be open until all of the 550 trees are sold and a couple of feet of snow is on the ground.

Mathern: “that means we planned well and helped customers well and were ready to go and use our money for the charity we do.

This tree stand is the church's biggest fundraiser.

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