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Cutter offers wood to needy

A Hood River business is branching out in its goodwill efforts.

Columbia Tree Service owner Kris Zorza is looking for needy households in Hood River. He wants to give them wood.

The wood is fir and maple cut down last week at Hood River Middle School, as part of the expansion project at 18th and May.

Zorza already donates firewood to three needy homes, but the downing of five large trees at the school gives him an expanded supply. And he wants to be able to help more people each year.

"I see a lot of wood every year and I try not to haul it," Zorza said. "Usually we end up giving it away for free, but if we have someone who could definitely use it then we'd sure take the time to haul it. We've got the wood and the time."

He has enough for about five cords of wood, and is taking names of people who are unable to collect and cut their own supply.

The wood will be hauled out to another location for cutting into rounds, splitting, and seasoning. Next fall, he and his crew will deliver the wood to the chosen homes.

"We have some people on our list, and we'll give to them again," Zorza said, "but it'd be nice to add a name or two."

The wood could go to senior citizens or others who are truly in need, Zorza said. He can be reached at 386-2555.

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