Decorating the tree, the scent of pine, Christmas morning gatherings lit by the glow of twinkling lights \u2014 most holiday memories center around the iconic presence of a Christmas tree. Many families facing hard times this year won\u2019t have to forego this tradition, thanks to Chris Frederick, owner of Blue Earth Tree Farm in Ludington, who is again donating Christmas trees to FiveCAP. \u201cWe are so grateful to Blue Earth for this donation,\u201d said FiveCAP Executive Director Mary Trucks. \u201cFor 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\u2019t have extra money to buy a tree. It\u2019s really wonderful that they can build traditions with their children and have that centerpiece for their holiday celebrations.\u201d 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\u2019s 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. The trees will be given free of charge on a first come, first served basis on Saturday, Dec. 3. Trees will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Lake County FiveCAP office, located at 2476 West 44th St., in Baldwin. For more information, call (231) 745-4617.