Our History

It started with a single act of giving.
Alex and AnneMarie

The seed for the Christmas Tree Santas was planted in 2010 when founder Alex Gramling gave a tree to a struggling family during the holidays. He was so moved by their joy and gratitude that he decided to help other deserving families meet this seasonal need. With help from enthusiastic friends and supporters, Christmas Tree Santas was launched in 2011.

In our first year, the Santas distributed over 300 free Christmas trees at two locations. Since then, we have given away over 16,000 trees nationwide.

Want to know more? Hear our story on the Crazy Good Turns podcast or check out our feature on AOL’s Holiday Heroes.