Crestview family collects Christmas trees for lower income residents

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Reba Fitzpatrick, 16, stands next to two of 23 Frasier firs that Lowe's Home Improvement donated. Reba and her father, David, collected the trees for Sharing and Caring in Crestview, which donated them to lower income families.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Several area residents’ Decembers will be greener after a coordinated effort to provide Christmas trees for lower income residents.

David Fitzpatrick is continuing a family tradition of donating Christmas trees to families unable to purchase their own during the holidays.

Tuesday, Fitzpatrick rented a truck to collect 23 Frasier firs from Lowe's Home Improvement Store in Crestview. The store donated unsold Christmas trees to Fitzpatrick, who delivered them to Sharing and Caring in Crestview.

Families who can’t afford Christmas trees can receive a tree while they’re available.

 Fitzpatrick — who has collected unsold Christmas trees for 23 years — usually enlists his three children to help him load the trees.

"They have been helping me for the past 12 years," Fitzpatrick said. Reba, 16, was on hand to assist her father this year, while the other two had to work, Fitzpatrick said.

Reba said she enjoys people’s reactions when they get the trees.

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