Various charitable and volunteer organisations are selling Christmas trees and putting the money straight back into the community.
The Kaukapakapa Volunteer Fire Brigade is selling $30 trees to raise money for equipment such as a new defibrillator, chief fire officer Paul McDonald says.
"We have only got one for two trucks so we are looking to get a second."
Trees are available from the station from 4pm till 6pm weekdays and also during weekends. Warkworth's brigade is using tree funds to fit out the new operational support vehicle they bought from last year's Christmas tree sales, organiser Gaye Flewellyn says.
The emergency vehicle needs to be fitted out, reflectorised and have beacons and sirens added.
Trees cost $30 at the Warkworth station from 9am till 6pm daily.
Warkworth St John Ambulance are giving the firefighters a run for their money with some friendly Christmas tree selling rivalry.
These are also $30 unless people want to order bigger trees, paramedic Lynda Keen says.
The money goes back into the station's amenities fund.
Trees can be purchased from the ambulance staton from 9am till 6pm.
Silverdale St John Ambulance is also putting tree money into its amenities fund.
The charity then uses the money to provide staff with personal equipment and ongoing medical training, team leader Murray Baird says.
Staff can also apply for funding for university papers to further their medical training for the community.
The money may also help buy staff on Christmas shifts a few treats to keep them in the festive spirit, Mr Baird says.
Trees are available at the Silverdale St station from 9am till 6pm.
Coast Youth Community Trust has trees outside the Whangaparaoa Baptist Church on Whangaparaoa Rd from 8.30am till 6pm weekdays and 7am till 5pm weekends.
Funds will support Hibiscus Coast youth and families and create pathways into careers for school leavers, youth pastor Josh Sanford says.
Trees cost $25 for dwarf table top varieties and $30 for trees up to 2.4 metres.
Christmas tree stands are available at most tree sales for $35 and trees are delivered fresh to sellers every three days.
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