Master Warrant Officer Nelson Gidney with the 1725 Chilliwack Army Cadets shoves a Christmas tree into a chipper as Johnathon Prest of Johnny 5’s Tree Services supervises during the cadets’ fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chilliwack Army Cadets’ fundraiser brings in $1,300 with tree chipping and bottle drive

The majority of the money will go towards transportation and trips for the Chilliwack cadets

The scent of freshly chopped evergreens and the sounds of bottles and cans clanging together filled the air in Garrison Crossing on the weekend.

Members of the 1725 Chilliwack Army Cadets were busy chipping Christmas trees and sorting through bags of recyclables during their fundraiser at Garrison Save-On-Foods on Saturday.

They’ve held many bottle drives in the past, but it was a first for the tree-chipping service they were offering that day by donation.

The tree chipping was made possible thanks to Johnathon Prest, owner and operator of Johnny 5’s Tree Services, who offered his time and chipper at no charge.

RELATED: Christmas trees to be cut in sections for curbside pickup in Chilliwack

The 1725 Chilliwack Army Cadets brought in approximately $1,300 from the event. The majority of the money will go towards transportation and trips for the cadets.

The Cadets Canada program is open to kids aged 12 to 19 and is free of charge.

The local 1725 Chilliwack Army Cadets corps meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. To check out what they do, if you’re interested in joining, or for more information, email

READ MORE: Chilliwack Army Cadets heading to Vimy Ridge

RELATED: Chilliwack air cadet takes staff position in Comox


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Master Warrant Officer Nelson Gidney (left) and Cpl. Ian Simpson with the 1725 Chilliwack Army Cadets shove a Christmas tree into a chipper during the cadets’ fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

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