Trees (And Holiday Spirit!) for Free

This week, while many of us are scrambling for presents to put under the tree, many families don’t even have a tree.  It’s just too expensive to buy.  Until on Chattanooga company decided to step forward.

Just four days until Christmas, Images Landscape Services still has about 100 trees left on the lot.  They could slash prices and try to sell as many as possible.  But they’re not.

Kathy Bradford stands back and gives the nod of approval to her husband.  This is the one.  “This is the one she picked,” says her husband Hank Bradford.  It’s the perfectly round, fat little tree she wanted weeks ago, but couldn’t afford.  “We’ve been out of work for a year and a half, my car’s broken down we had to borrow a car to come out here and get it,” Kathy says.  “It’s wonderful.”

She and dozens of other families are picking out a frasier fir, all for free.  “They seem so grateful,” says Images employee Tammy Viva, “and we’re so happy to do it.”  Viva says it just made sense.  Instead of recycling or mulching the leftover trees, give them away.  And already the generosity is spreading.  She points to a semi truck driving away.  “He is a truck driver and came home for the holidays,” Viva says, “and noticed his neighbors didn’t have a tree so he brought the kid with him.”

And so by Tuesday, these trees will no longer be orphaned, waiting in a cold lot to go home.  They’ll be tinseled and trimmed and topped with a star, Bradford’s by her daughter Emily and friend Abbie.  “Probably red and silver,” the teens say.  For them and so many others, it will finally feel like Christmas.  “People like this is what makes it a good place,” says Kathy driving off with the tree on top of her car. 

While Images Landscape Service has been in business for 10 years, this is the first season for them to sell trees at their lot at the corner of East Brainerd and Engel Avenue.   They plan on giving the trees away through Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The breaking news, Trees (And Holiday Spirit!) for Free extract from News Channel 9

Short URL: http://www.usnews9.com/?p=4925

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