West End Church giving away 200 Christmas trees

West End Church giving away 200 Christmas trees

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - For some families, it's difficult to decorate during Christmas. It can get very expensive.

But the Community West Church in the West End is hoping to help by providing free Christmas trees to families.

Volunteers just drove 200 Christmas trees from a farm in North Carolina to the church on Pump Road. The goal is to give them all away, no strings attached.

"It's out of a desire to do something unexpected, in a loving way for the community of Richmond," said volunteer Jarry Natale.

This is the third year for the Generosity Project. Natale says it's a blessing to speak to the families who receive one of the Fraser firs. Each tree was purchased by the church.

"Some folks were unable to get a Christmas tree and having the chance to receive one was such a blessing to them," said Natale. "Some said, 'Now I can buy that gift my child wants because I don't have to buy the tree.'"

Natale says families will also get a tree stand and lights if they need it. Natale recommends coming to the church at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to get a voucher. They'll start giving away the trees at 9 a.m.

The trees are about 6 to 7 feet tall.

"I think the goal is just to be a blessing to the community in general, to anybody who shows up," said Natale. "And that's really our heart. It's not to filter or do it for a particular group of people. It's just to anyone and everyone."

Community West Church is located at 2340 Pump Road. Once the vouchers are given out there will not be any extras. Organizers say people can still come to enjoy crafts, music and food.

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