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Released 9 October 2012

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Donated Trees to be accepted October 1-31

MILWAUKEE, WI     (October 8th, 2012)   At Christmas, for many families it’s difficult to afford toys and gifts for children to put under the tree, let alone the Christmas tree. Requests to The Salvation Army for food, clothing and toys were up last Christmas, and 2012 promises to be another difficult year for many families. 


Treetime Christmas Creations, a national premium artificial tree and decor company, is teaming up with The Salvation Army this year to help Milwaukee area families in need with its “Tree Trade-In” program for the month of October.  This is the first year the program will include the Milwaukee area, as it was unveiled in 2011 for the Chicago and suburban areas in Illinois.

Milwaukee area families are invited to donate their gently used artificial Christmas tree (3-feet and larger) to families in need by scheduling a pick-up at 1-800-SA-TRUCK or visiting  Area residents who donate a tree will receive an online coupon code for an extra 10 percent off any new online Treetime artificial Christmas tree purchase (which includes free shipping), to be redeemed by October 31.  For more information, visit

The collected Christmas trees will be donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to area families in need, and in time for the holiday this year.  The first annual Tree Trade-In program in 2011 benefited nearly 200 families in the Chicagoland area.  Last year, The Salvation Army in Milwaukee County distributed 100,000 toys to needy children of low income and unemployed families.
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 “With so many people wanting to celebrate the holiday season, it’s hard to imagine Christmas time without a decorated tree,” says Laurie Kane, Owner, Treetime Christmas Creations.  “We are thrilled to partner with The Salvation Army to help bring joy to families this holiday, while providing a ‘greener’ way for residents to pass on their Christmas trees for more years of enjoyment, rather than adding trees to landfills.”

“Many families simply can’t afford a Christmas tree, or could better spend the money on food and clothing,” said Captain Gerhard Scheler, The Salvation Army.  “Plus, they can continue to use an artificial Christmas tree year after year. More than 56,000 families shop in our Milwaukee retail stores in the months leading up to the holiday season, and thousands more request toys and clothing through our Corps community centers.  We are pleased to partner with Treetime Christmas Creations to bring the joy of Christmas into the homes of families in need.”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is the largest social service organization in the world.  In Milwaukee County, The Salvation Army operates 85 programs, including disaster relief, shelter, meals, rehabilitation programs, child care and head start, senior services and Christmas assistance.  For more information call 1-800-264-6412 or  visit our website at

About Treetime Christmas Creations
Treetime Christmas Creations features more than 200 varieties of Christmas trees, as well as wreaths, garland, storage containers, accessories and other holiday décor.  Treetime artificial Christmas trees are designed exclusively by seasoned designers that understand the importance of style, beauty, reliability and quality craftsmanship.  Owned and operated by Joe and Laurie Kane, Treetime products are available to customers across the country via online, telephone ordering or at their 50,000 square foot showroom in Lake Barrington, IL (suburb of Chicago).  Showroom and tree donation hours through October 31 are:  Monday through Friday 10:00am-6:00pm, and Saturday/Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm.  For more information, please call 847.527.8880 or visit

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