Effort helps raise money, shore up sand dunes


Baseball coach Matt James gathers used Christmas trees Saturday as part of a fundraiser for the Havelock Junior Legion Baseball program. Residents donated $10 for James to pick up the old trees and deliver them to Fort Macon State Park for sand dune protection.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 08:52 AM.

Matt James knew the Havelock Junior Legion Baseball Program needed money, but he didn’t want to have a conventional fundraiser.

James is coach of the Havelock High School baseball team and a big supporter of the junior legion summer league.

“I saw some websites discussing some alternative and creative ways to raise money outside of your normal pancake supper and spaghetti dinner types, where you have to kind of put up a lot of money up front and really know what you’re getting into as far as cost,” James said.

James looked far and wide on the Internet until settling on a project that could benefit both the team and the environment.

He heard about a program at Fort Macon State Park where old Christmas trees are used to build and support sand dunes along the windswept Crystal Coast.

So, he decided he would collect old Christmas trees for a donation and haul them to Fort Macon.

“This had no cost and provides a service for both the homeowners and the coastal region getting those trees down there and packing those dunes. I just thought it was a great idea,” James said.

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