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EDISON BRIGHTENS THE HOLIDAYS FOR IMPOVERISHED FAMILIES

 ROSEMEAD, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- 1,200 needy families won't have to go without a Christmas tree this holiday season because they are getting one for free.
 Continuing a special holiday tradition begun last year, Southern California Edison is working with non-profit agencies throughout the Southland to give away 1,200 holiday trees on Dec. 11 and 12 at four Edison service centers to disadvantaged families. The four centers are located in Montebello/East Los Angeles, Compton, Alamitos/Long Beach and Hemet.
 Vouchers for a free holiday tree and stand were passed out to more than 20 agencies, including Boys' and Girls' Clubs, the Salvation Army, YMCAs and YWCAs and others. The vouchers were then given to targeted families unable to afford a holiday tree.
 "The recession cuts deeply into the income of disadvantaged people -- it's gifts like this that are bright spots in their lives," said Charlotte Nushy, a placement coordinator for the South Bay Volunteer Center.
 Last year, Edison started the tradition of giving away holiday trees when they were left on Edison property after a tree grower retired and moved out of state. "After seeing the happiness of last year's families who wouldn't have had a tree otherwise and wanting to continue our commitment to community renewal, we decided to buy trees from a commercial grower this year to continue the holiday tradition," said Wesley Greenwood, area manager for Long Beach.
 In addition to receiving a tree, children will be treated to candy canes, with a chance to talk directly to Santa Claus and have their photo taken with him.
 And after the holidays are over, residents in the Long Beach and Ventura areas will get an environmental bonus by having their holiday trees turned into mulch for use in their gardens. Edison tree crews have donated both equipment and manpower for the holiday tree recycling project.
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