Spring has arrived and it seems like ages ago that we were summoning nominations from the Omaha community for our 5th annual Gift of Beautiful Trees program. Each year we select at least one nominee to receive up to $2,500 in FREE tree trimming or removal services. Over the course of the last five years, we've donated more than $30,000 in tree work to families in need. We all know trees can add significant value to our lives and homes, but they can require costly maintenance and we understand that proper tree care is often not budgeted for and is a luxury for many families. During the holiday season, we can't help but think about the stress some families might be enduring - trying to make ends meet and providing a memorable holiday for their loved ones. That's where we come in. Sure - it's just tree trimming, but we like to think of it less as a gift of manual labor and more as a gift of peace of mind and the comfort that you are seen and cared for by your community in times of need.
As always, I'd like to start by saying nothing gives me more faith in the power of community than watching nomination after nomination roll into my inbox every holiday season. Jeff and I read through each nomination and consider the degree of urgency of the project (is the tree dangerous?), whether or not the work can be completed within one day, the difficulty of the project (do we have the right resources?), and how dire the situation is (what is the person or family going through?).
This year we selected two families to receive the Gift of Beautiful Trees. We always respect the privacy of our recipients, which means we aren't always able to share their personal stories or identities. This year we asked only to share before and after photos of the projects with the public. No matter - we were grateful to be able to share our gifts and resources with these families, lighten their burdens, and spark hope by removing some dangerous and troublesome trees from their properties.
We are already looking forward to 2020 and our six year of giving back to our community! Follow us on Facebook for updates on next year's projects!
Amy Grewe, Certified Arborist & Co-Owner