MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (CBS) — From toys to trees, many people are getting into the spirit of giving this holiday season, including a tree farm in Mount Laurel.
Fifty-two crops. Over 500 acres. But on Tuesday, it was all about harvesting the holidays.
“It’s something so simple, but it’s the symbol of Christmas,” farmer Shannon Higginbothan said. “We try to just help those people out who didn’t think they’d get a tree by giving them a tree free of charge. We have people offering to pay for some of the trees, but we refuse to take any money for it today.”
Cheyanne Road Market in Mount Laurel was a busy stop for late-minute fern fetchers on Christmas Eve.
“My children are all sleeping right now so when I get home, they’ll be surprised,” said Shivaun Bell, of Medford.
But this farm has planted the holiday spirit. These trees are free.
“It’s very heartwarming to be able to lift someone’s spirits when they were sad because they couldn’t get a tree,” Higginbothan said. “It’s so simple but to not have a tree could really bring down your spirit.”
The farm has 300 ferns a year and for the last 10 years, when the holiday rush is wrapping up, they’ve given away what’s left of their trees.
Bell thought she was destined to be tree-less this year. Until she drove by Cheyanne Road Market on Tuesday.
“Where I usually go, they didn’t have any,” Bell said. “So I just didn’t get one. I feel really thrilled and blessed to come and get this tree.”