By Matt Kroschel

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A church congregation in Glenwood Springs says their prayers are answered after a local businessman donated hundreds of Christmas trees for the church to use as a fundraiser to build a new school.

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St. Stephen Catholic Church members have been brainstorming ways to afford to build a new school in Glenwood Springs. And then the trees showed up in the church parking lot.

“It is such a generous act for this man to donate trees he could have been making his own profit on for our cause,” Rick Padrnos, Director of Religious Education at St. Stephen’s, told CBS4 Monday.

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The church is accepting donations for the trees and the donor has offered to give them “as many trees as they can sell.”

Padrnos says the man owns a tree farm and had a good harvest this year and wanted to give something back to the community.

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Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.