John Coates, a Catonsville resident who owns Groundshog Landscaping in Arbutus, has collaborated for the past 15 years with Southwest Emergency Services (SWES) to make sure every family can have a live Christmas tree no matter their financial situation.  This year Groundshog Landscaping donated 40 trees for SWES to give away to families in the 21227 zip code.

“For the month of December, there’s no other work I’d rather do,” Coates said.  “Every little kid deserves a Christmas tree….It’s my opportunity to give back, especially to a community that’s given me so much.”