Boy Scout Tree Sale continues in spite of theft

One of the members of the totally "boy-run" Troop 608 works to set up the annual Tree Sale at Hamden's Spring Glen Church (WTNH / Tim Clune)


HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Boy Scout Troop 608 is hosting their annual Christmas tree sale at Hamden’s Spring Glen Church, in spite of a grinchly robbery of a half-dozen trees on Friday, November 27, 2015.

For over 65 years, Troop 608’s Christmas tree sale has helped to fund the boys’ community service and outdoor activities. This winter, the troop of 35 Hamden and North Haven boys received an extra 20 trees to be donated to families in need, in addition to tree stands to, as Scout leader Tim Clune says, “keep the yuletide decorations fresh through the season.”

Troop 608 pauses to pose during the set up for their annual Tree Sale (WTNH / Tim Clune)
Troop 608 pauses to pose during the set up for their annual Tree Sale (WTNH / Tim Clune)

The donation was underwritten by two adult leaders of the troop and Tree Sale Chairman Joe Corradino, whose son is a member of the troop. Fourteen scouts and their families have provided the tree stands.

The troop installed the temporary tree shop in the patch of land beside Hamden’s Spring Glen Church on Friday, November 27, and came back Saturday morning to discover approximately half-dozen missing trees. They are typically priced at $50 each.

Corradino laments,

“It’s a shame to steal from children, and at a church no less. But this has not dampened the boys’ enthusiasm. It’s great to see them filled with holiday spirit, especially for this service project for families who really need a Merry Christmas.”

The boys of Troop 608 install the trees at Spring Glen Church, mere hours before a local grinch stole a half-dozen of them (WTNH / Time Clune)
The boys of Troop 608 install the trees at Spring Glen Church, mere hours before a local grinch stole a half-dozen of them (WTNH / Time Clune)

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