With Christmas right around the corner, the city of West Haven is trying to spread a little holiday cheer.
Thanks to a generous donation, the city is giving away free trees to those in need.
West Shore Fire Chief Stephen Scafariello said when the manager at Costco in Waterbury reached out to him, offering 75 trees, he quickly called the mayor.
"She asked if I knew anyone who could take some donated trees for the less fortunate,” Scafariello said.
"He called me over the weekend, within a couple of days we got a truck donated, drove up to Waterbury, picked up the trees and I think we have about 30 left,” said West Haven Mayor Ed O’Brien.
The trees are stacked up at the public work’s shed, just waiting for a home for the holidays, while plenty of others have already been delivered.
"Housing Authority took 30 trees to give to families in need. We've gotten calls in the mayor's office, nonstop since we've put it out online,” O’Brien said.
Marine Corps Veteran Willie Gaines already bought his tree this year, but he said the trees will make a merry Christmas for plenty of families.
"I think it’s great. Times are hard. I know there are families here with small children, so I think they could use them,” Gaines said.
The city said, that is what the holidays are all about.
"It makes me feel good. We want to help where we can, not necessarily fire wise, but being a part of the community,” Scafariello said.
"I think with all that's going on in the world, it shows that there are good people out there. We're very fortunate to have that donation,” O’Brien said.
West Haven residents needing help with a tree this Christmas can call the mayor’s office at 203-937-3510 to arrange a pick up while the donations last.
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