By Mike Sullivan, WBZ-TV
WESTMINSTER — Wachusett Brewing Company is partnering with a local non-profit organization to provide free Christmas trees to veterans and active military men and women.
“We have several staff members who are veterans. My father was a Vietnam War veteran,” said Matt Quinlan, chief operating officer of Wachusett Brewing Company. “Things are expensive these days. People are struggling to make ends meet. We can ease their burden a bit.”
You can enroll a military or family on the company’s website. They partner with Operation Service.
The non-profit started in 2010 and began supplying trees at a discount through local vendors. As the farm grew, the trees became free. They will have 50 to 60 trees for free this Saturday at Wachusett Brewing.
The trees cost them more this year with inflation, but they arrived prepared.
“We fundraise all year round. We start the year off, and we don’t stop because we don’t want to let anyone down,” said Joe Firmani, founder of Operation Service.
The draw will open Saturday at 11 a.m. Wachusett Brewing is making a special beer for the event. It tastes like vacation. A portion of the beer proceeds will be donated to charity.
Firmani said free trees are also available outside of the Wachusett Brewing event.
He said any veteran or service member can go to Garden Spot in Leominster or Cauley’s in Fitchburg to get a free tree. All you need to do is show proper ID.