On Saturday, Nov. 25, for the second year in a row, Detroit-area McDonald’s restaurant owners will help ensure that local families have a special holiday season with the donation of Christmas trees. A total of 1,000 five-, six- and seven-foot, live Scotch pine trees will be distributed FREE of charge outside of the McDonald’s located at 1321 Eight Mile Rd. in Detroit.
Beginning at 8 a.m., 1,000 live trees will be gifted on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one tree per family while supplies last. No purchase necessary. Recipients also will receive freshly baked cookies and jugs of milk—Santa’s favorite holiday treat—while supplies last.
Those wishing to receive a tree should enter the McDonald’s lot and be able to attach the tree to their car themselves. Due to construction on Eight Mile Road, which is anticipated to continue through the holidays, it is suggested that attendees enter the Gateway Shopping center from Woodward Avenue.
“On behalf of my fellow McDonald’s restaurant owners, we’re delighted to once again share this meaningful holiday moment with families in Detroit by gifting 1,000 Christmas trees,” said Errol Service, Detroit-area McDonald’s restaurant owner. “We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and healthy new year.”
McDonald’s restaurant owners’ commitment to customers and supporting the neighborhoods where they do business goes back more than 50 years when the first McDonald’s opened in Detroit. Some examples of the many ways McDonald’s restaurant owners have been addressing needs in the community include: hosting an annual turkey giveaway before Thanksgiving for families in need; donating hats and scarves in the cold winter months; and donating backpacks filled with school supplies to give students the tools they need to succeed. McDonald’s restaurants also host McTeacher Nights, inviting local educators, students, parents and families to “work” at McDonald’s and raise money for school programs.
This story originally aired on WDIV on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.