Free Christmas trees available for those in need

BALDWIN —  A house without a Christmas tree during the holidays can feel empty, and Lake County FiveCAP is working to ensure every home has that perfect evergreen in their living room.

FiveCAP will be distributing free Christmas trees on a first-come, first-serve basis to registered FiveCAP clients. They will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Lake County FiveCAP office at 2476 W. 44th St. in Baldwin.

"We want to do this because every child wants a Christmas tree," said FiveCAP Executive Director Mary Trucks. "The atmosphere and the fun that comes with decorating the tree is part of being a kid. We don't want anyone to feel left out."

The trees are raised and collected by Chris Frederick, owner of the Blue Earth Tree Farm in Ludington.

"It takes a person with a good heart and a lot of goodness to do this every year," said Trucks. "We are so grateful to Blue Earth for this donation. For more than a decade, they have provided us with trees to distribute, and the families who receive the trees are so thankful."

Decorating a tree can be an integral part of childhood. Trucks and her fellow FiveCAP workers think families shouldn't be deprived of these memories just because they are going through tough times.

"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," explained Trucks. "It's really wonderful they can build traditions with their children and have that centerpiece for their holiday celebrations."

For more information call (231) 745-4617.