BOSTON (CBS) – The Christmas Tree Santas are about to deliver their own brand of holiday joy to families in need, and that means a lot of smiles in the Boston area. The Santas are all volunteers, and without them, some kids wouldn’t have a tree this Christmas.

“All right guys, we’ve got some Christmas trees!” yells Alex Gramling, the founder of Christmas Tree Santas. Gramling and a group of volunteers are unloading 300 trees from Canada at the Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury.

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Alex Gramling of Christmas Tree Santas (WBZ-TV)

Alex Gramling of Christmas Tree Santas (WBZ-TV)

“We just try to spread hope and joy during the holidays by giving away free Christmas trees to needy families,” Gramling says. He got the idea five years ago after meeting a single mom struggling to afford a tree. “I was able to help her out and her gratitude and joy in receiving this gift was so inspiring that I decided we could help other families with their Christmas,” he says.

That spirit has spread to six states. “It means a lot to a struggling family. It really is just a tree, but in many ways it represents hope,” Gramling says.

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Sometimes the Santas make special deliveries, like the one Thursday to Karyn in Salisbury. “If it wasn’t for Alex we wouldn’t have a tree just because I couldn’t afford one,” she says.

Karyn is raising her son Daniel by herself. The almost 9-year-old has special needs. “He doesn’t care about the presents, he doesn’t care about anything else, all he cares about is a Christmas tree,” Karyn says.

This Saturday is pickup day. The group works with social service agencies to identify people who could use a little help during the holidays, and this weekend hundreds of families will start the season with smiles on their faces.

“It just brings a lot of happiness, and we’re creating real great memories for these families and their kids,” Gramling says.

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The Santas also give people tree stands, lights and ornaments if they need them.