FiveCAP to distribute free Christmas trees

BALDWIN — Hanging ornaments and stringing tinsel around a Christmas tree is a key holiday tradition for millions of families all over the world. FiveCAP is making sure the families of Lake County will never have to forgo that experience because of poverty.

The nonprofit will be giving away free Christmas trees on a first come, first served basis from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Baldwin FiveCAP office.

They have given the trees away for more than 10 years due to the generosity of Chris Frederick and his family who own the Blue Earth Tree Farm in Ludington.

“We are so grateful to Blue Earth for this donation,” said FiveCAP Executive Director Mary Trucks. “For more than a decade, they have provided us with trees to distribute for many years now, and the families who receive the trees are so thankful. Parents who are battling to provide shelter for their families and keep their homes warm through the winter don’t have extra money to buy a tree. It’s really wonderful that they can build traditions with their children and have that centerpiece for their holiday celebrations.”

Frederick gathers a band of volunteers each year on a Saturday morning in early December, and together with FiveCAP staff and volunteers, they cut anywhere between 125 and 150 trees, which are then taken back to each of the four counties in FiveCAP’s service area.

Just as the tradition of decorating the tree is the official kickoff of the holiday season for many families, cutting trees and distributing them to appreciative families has become the traditional beginning of the season for both Frederick and FiveCAP.

For more information, call (231) 745-4617.