(WBRE/WYOU-TV) It is the season of giving and a Luzerne County business owner says he wants to give back to his community... He is doing that--in part--by erecting one of the largest Christmas trees in the region. The I-Team's Andy Mehalshick with details.
It is pretty hard to miss this 60 foot Christmas tree as you drive on route 93 through the Conyngham-Sugarloaf Valley in Southern Luzerne County and that is exactly the way Steven Martonick wants it.
"You know growing up I grew up in West Hazleton and we had a community Christmas tree there. I always enjoyed it as a kid. We get some positive feedback from the community. Everybody looks forward to it."
Matonick runs SJM Anytime Towing and says it's his way of saying thank you to his community
"All we do is try to give back to the community that has supported for 30 years in business.."
It may not look like much now. But it will be December 15th when he holds a holiday extravaganza that benefits Toys for Tots.
"It's kind of like a carnival setting,” said Jill Groce. Jill and other company employees take part in the event.
"He has lots of decorations everybody is having fun getting pictures taken. Kids just love the live reindeer it’s so much fun."
There is no cost of admission. But donations of Toys for Tots program would be appreciated
"I can't imagine a kid waking up without a toy under the tree you know" Said Steven Martonick.
And this isn't your run of the mill Clark Griswold Christmas Tree it was a gargantuan effort to get it here.
"It's a lot of work a pretty good task to cut it down setting it up putting on all the lights. It's a lot of work but it’s worth it for the community." Said Don Walters, Employee
This year’s event is set for Saturday, December 15th...it runs from 12 to 4 pm.
This is the fourth years Martonick has held the holiday events and he says it is getting bigger each year.