Michelle and I had no idea how much having a Christmas tree means to people, but it turns out it means a lot. Our simple desire to give away a single Christmas tree on Craigslist miraculously turned into a citywide effort managed by a volunteer team of over 15 very dedicated people. The Christmas Tree Project has created a healthy dose of Christmas magic by giving away more than 1,000 fully decorated Christmas trees in last few of years to families. This project is full of smiles, hugs and even a few tears. It's clear this story is not about us-and it's really not even about Christmas trees, it's about an amazing pay-it-forward effort that started with a chain of random acts of kindness and blossomed into a citywide effort to help other people have a better Christmas. In the cold wintery days of December in Colorado Springs, this project warms hearts all over town.
Generosity, kindness, caring, and the Christmas spirit is indeed alive and well in Colorado Springs and now this Christmas magic is spreading around the country. Michelle and I feel so blessed to be able to participate in the real spirit of Christmas and we want to thank all the elves that help us make this happen.