Donated Trees to be accepted now until October 31
At Christmas, for many families it’s difficult to afford toys and gifts for children to put under the tree, let alone the Christmas tree. Requests to The Salvation Army for food, clothing and toys were up last Christmas, and 2012 promises to be another difficult year for many families.
Treetime Christmas Creations, a national premium artificial tree and decor company, is teaming up with The Salvation Army this year to help Milwaukee area families in need with its “Tree Trade-In” program for the month of October.
This is the first year the program will include the Milwaukee area, as it was unveiled in 2011 for the Chicago and suburban areas in Illinois.
Milwaukee area families are invited to donate their gently used artificial Christmas tree (3-feet and larger) to families in need by scheduling a pick-up at 1-800-SA-TRUCK or visiting milwaukee.satruck.org.
Area residents who donate a tree will receive an online coupon code for an extra 10 percent off any new online Treetime artificial Christmas tree purchase (which includes free shipping), to be redeemed by October 31. For more information, visit www.treetime.com.
The collected Christmas trees will be donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to area families in need, and in time for the holiday this year.
The first annual Tree Trade-In program in 2011 benefited nearly 200 families in the Chicagoland area. Last year, The Salvation Army in Milwaukee County distributed 100,000 toys to needy children of low income and unemployed families.
“With so many people wanting to celebrate the holiday season, it’s hard to imagine Christmas time without a decorated tree,” says Laurie Kane, Owner, Treetime Christmas Creations.
“We are thrilled to partner with The Salvation Army to help bring joy to families this holiday, while providing a ‘greener’ way for residents to pass on their Christmas trees for more years of enjoyment, rather than adding trees to landfills.”
“Many families simply can’t afford a Christmas tree, or could better spend the money on food and clothing,” said Captain Gerhard Scheler, The Salvation Army. “Plus, they can continue to use an artificial Christmas tree year after year. More than 56,000 families shop in our Milwaukee retail stores in the months leading up to the holiday season, and thousands more request toys and clothing through our Corps community centers. We are pleased to partner with Treetime Christmas Creations to bring the joy of Christmas into the homes of families in need.”