They call him ‘Boonie’ and his Santa like beard is somewhat of its own local celebrity.
Ralph “Boonie” Lethbridge is the go-to guy when it comes to natural Christmas trees. He’s been cutting and selling trees each Christmas for nearly 40 years. He’s had his beard even longer. While he intends to keep chopping down 200 Christmas trees a year until he turns at least 90 (he’s currently 71), Boonie did the unthinkable recently and shaved his well-known facial hair.
Boonie shaved it all off for a great cause! He was able to raise a whopping $51,000 for the shave and he donated all of the money to the ALS foundation!
When asked what he thinks of his clean-shaven appearance, Boonie replied,
“Oh I got an awful fright me son, I looked about 100 years old I think, holy dying jumpings … I like me beard, my son, I like me beard. I mean it looks a lot different, but I don’t care now sure. That’s not the goal. Another couple of years I tell you, if I’m alive, I’ll do it again, no trouble.”
Yes, he really talks just like that.