Published on March 7, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The holiday spirit is lasting longer than usual as Mayor John Suthers will present a Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award to David and Michelle Fein Tuesday. The local couple founded The Christmas Tree Project, the largest Christmas tree give-away organization in the world.   

In 2010, the Feins put an ad on Craigslist to give away one Christmas tree and received more than 20 responses in just a few hours. This highlighted how many families wanted a tree but could not afford one. Since then, The Christmas Tree Project has enlisted the help of schools, churches, businesses and other groups to give away thousands of trees and all the trimmings. More information is available at

“The City of Colorado Springs is proud to recognize local residents Michelle and David Fein for their mission to provide a meaningful holiday to families across the country and even around the world,” said Mayor John Suthers.  

Media are invited to attend the award presentation on Tuesday, March 8 at 9:00 a.m. at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. (meet in the lobby) 

The mayor’s office welcomes the opportunity to recognize exceptional individuals and organizations within the City of Colorado Springs with a Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award. These awards are presented to recipients by the mayor or an official designee. For more information, visit 

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