COMOX, B.C. – The Comox Firefighters Christmas tree recycling weekend paid off for a local charity.

The event, held Saturday and Sunday, raised $4,000 for You Are Not Alone (YANA).

Over the two days, residents dropped off their Christmas trees at the fire hall for recycling in exchange for a $10 donation.

One hundred percent of the proceeds went to YANA, a community organization that helps provide funding for Comox Valley families who need to travel for medical services for their children.

While the firefighters donated their time, Asplundh Canada donated their equipment and labour to make this event a success.

Comox fire chief Gord Schreiner said events like these are a win/win for the community.

“It is great to see companies like Asplundh Canada step up in such a big way to assist us,” Schreiner said. “They were great. I am so proud of our firefighters for everything they do. Not only do they respond to emergencies but they assist our community in so many other ways. They love giving back to our community. I would also like to thank all those citizens who donated to this great cause.”

YANA president Kelly Rusk states: “The support from these firefighters in Comox has been awesome. They have been with us since our very beginnings and assist us in many.”