Some families will not have a Christmas tree this holiday, but a local church is working to change that for some people, and it turns out the need for help is greater than we might think.
Giving back to families in need through Christmas trees is an idea that started a year ago with twelve trees.
"It's just been a great idea and so we want to do it every year," said Shari Shore with the Episcopal Church of Our Savior.
This is how it works: Members of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in North Platte donate trees, ornaments, and lights.
Volunteers decorate them and then families sign up for the one they want.
A drawing determines who gets what.
"And they want us to come in and see where they are going, to set it up. It's just an absolute fun time," said Shore.
Shore brought the idea up after hearing about so many families in need of a simple Christmas tree.
"So many young moms coming in and saying we're getting all of these wonderful gifts and I'm kind of sad that we don't have a tree," said Shore.
The need is growing Shore says it hits some single moms and dads the hardest.
"And I just find there are so many families who are right on the edge of the cusp, trying to make it on their own, but just can't and need extra help," said Shore.
You can sign up for the trees at the church starting on Dec. 19 and 20 during morning hours.
The drawing is on Sunday.