The Town of New Pekin is getting a head start on celebrating Earth Day by giving away trees this week.

Town officials will be giving away 300 trees, 200 white oak and 100 white pine, on Thursday, April 13, at the town hall building, 75 S. Mill Street, New Pekin.

With Earth Day being April 22, town officials thought this would be a great time to plant a tree.

The trees will be handed out during hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on Monday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is for the entire community, not just the residents of the town. This is the town’s way of giving back some of what has been taken with the storms that have passed through the area.

Only two trees per household will be given, so more people can have a chance to plant.