Free Christmas trees available for veterans

Reservation deadline is Nov. 15

SPREADING HAPPINESS TO OUR VETERANS, The Kaufman Fund provides free Christmas trees to veterans as a way of saying “THANK YOU” for your service. Last year hundreds of trees were tied to cars as vets picked up their reserved trees. Deadline to reserve a tree is Nov. 15. – Kaufman Fund volunteer Al Finkelstein photo

Trees for Vets, a project of The Kaufman Fund, is sponsoring its 7th annual Christmas Tree giveaway this December that will give veterans from all walks of life a free Christmas tree. To date, almost 2,500 trees have been given to vets to help them and their families enjoy and celebrate the traditions of the Holiday Season and to say “thank you” for your service.

This Christmas, Trees for Vets hopes to give away 300 trees.

In December 2014, The Kaufman Fund, along with Eagle Bank (now Enterprise Bank and Trust) as the initial sponsoring partner, began the program.

This year’s sponsors are Enterprise Bank and Trust, The Bommarito Automotive Group, On the Run, brought to you by the Wallis companies and the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce.

Trees for Vets also works with St. Patrick Center, UMSL, military units, and other companies and individuals to obtain the names of veterans to receive trees, and to obtain financial support.

Any veteran can request a FREE Christmas Tree by going to and complete the form as soon as possible, but no later than Nov. 15. Veterans will receive a confirmation letter with a scheduled pick-up time and location in mid-November.

Trees must be picked up at a location to be announced in West County on Sunday, Dec. 5. Scarcity of trees will continue this year, but to date, no veteran has been denied a tree.  

For more information about The Kaufman Fund, and consider a donation to help this program go to


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