Man Gives Free Christmas Trees To Families In Need
Oralee Myers has about 1,500 cedar trees On 22 acres of land.
By Marcus Washington
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A mid-state man gives out free live trees for families in need.
On 22 acres in Readyville, Tennessee, you can find beauty in every corner, and many would call it a Christmas treasure box.
"I've got every size from three foot, all the way up to 30 foot," said property owner Oralee Myers.
There are 1,500 cedar trees on the property.
It was five years ago, during his own financial troubles, Myers first reached out to help others with what he had so many of.
"I heard them telling someone else, 'We're not going to have a tree this year.' I said, 'Oh no, you're going to have a tree this year.' I told them where I live. I told them to come out and come cut you one. Then it hit me. ‘Hey, there are a lot of folks like this,'" said Myers.
Five years later, Myers is still helping families like Mike Petras, who came to pick a tree with his four-year-old son, Moses.
"It's been so tight that we haven't had any extra money for really anything that wasn't a bill or groceries," said Petras.
After looking for about half an hour, Moses picks a tree and Myers comes and cuts the tree.
After all the work of picking a tree, Moses gets to drive the tree back to the truck on the tractor.
"We're hoping we can get a little more of the Christmas spirit going on with having a tree now and having some decorations," said Petras.
Myers said, "You wouldn't believe the numbers; hundreds and hundreds of people that come out here with tears in their eyes saying we wouldn't have a tree if it wasn't for you."
If you are interested in a free Christmas tree, contact Myers at 615-202-7879.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:42 GMT
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