EVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4) – So many people lost so much in the floods, so in Evergreen one man is hoping to help just a bit by donating something very special.
In the middle of the forest is Tom Nelson, who looks a little like Santa Claus and has a lot of extra Christmas trees. Nelson is thinning the area around his Evergreen home. His labor will help reduce the fire risk, but this year he has an ulterior motive.
“We’ve been using them for Christmas trees for 40, 50 years,” Nelson said.
He watched with horror as Colorado’s recent floods washed away the homes and dreams of so many.
“Anything that we can do to make their life easier, especially at Christmastime, would be a good thing to do, I think,” Nelson said.
So with chainsaw in hand and generosity in his heart he plans on cutting down 50 trees for flood victims.
“I visualize families that maybe have lost everything to do with Christmas,” Nelson said. “If they can at least have a Christmas tree and a traditional Christmas it would be nice.”
The trees are all sizes and all types.
Nelson saw a CBS4 story on Lisa Truesdale, a Longmont woman collecting ornaments for flood victims, and he thought they might need something to hang the decorations on. So he will haul the trees to Longmont for prearranged pickups knowing that he won’t miss the pines and now someone else won’t have to miss Christmas. (STORY: Woman Organizes Holiday Decoration Drive For Flood Victims)
Truesdale and Nelson have teamed up to get the trees to flood victims. Those who would like a tree should visit Truesdale’s Share The Joy Christmas Decoration Drive Facebook Page and leave their name on the page. She said she will take the names and give them to Nelson on Nov. 22. The trees will then be delivered to Twin Peaks Mall in Longmont on Nov. 23. Truesdale will have an area set up in the parking lot where flood victims can pick the trees up. She said she’s also working on getting some tree stands donated.
Colorado Floods: How To Help
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