It’s a Chemung County holiday tradition cutting down the Christmas tree for the annual Arctic League Telethon.
This year, the tree comes from the yard of Jim and Candy Wainwright of Elmira’s southside.
For about 15 years, the Arctic League has been looking to the public for its community Christmas tree. Before that, the tree was provided by the West Elmira Fire Department.
The tree is a staple for the organization that has been providing Christmas gifts to needy children in our area for over a century.
“It’s the community soul I think for charity,” Arctic League Board of Directors Tom Bruner said, “It’s the good feeling of the community, our community has many issues that we deal with economically but if you want to feel good about something you want to get your arms around something it’s the Arctic League because of all the good that it does.”
You can watch the Arctic League broadcast live on WETM on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.