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North Platte Optimists selling Christmas trees

The group is on track to surpass last year’s numbers
Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 10:06 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The North Platte Optimists are raising funds by selling Christmas trees and Holiday wreaths to the community. So far, the demand for the trees has exceeded expectations, something David Thelen is happy to see.

“Actually this year it’s been really good so far. We’ve been very excited about how it’s started off. Virtually within the next two or three days, we’ll have the trees all paid for...which is great,” said the North Platte Optimist President.

Thelen believes part of the reason for the increased demand can be attributed to the struggles that have defined most of this year.

“You know I think what it is is that people need to get out, they need to celebrate. They’ve been so cooped up they need to celebrate, they need to get out and have some cheer,” added Thelen.

David Thelen is very involved with the Optimists. In addition to being president of the North Platte chapter, Thelen also serves as the Lieutenant Governor for Optimist International’s 9th Zone. This fundraiser is among Thelen’s favorite activities.

“It’s great, everybody is happy when they come to buy a Christmas tree. I just love talking with people and helping them find the right tree,” said a smiling Thelen.

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