In looking for articles around the web on people helping people, I came across this one. There always is talk about how the harm we are doing to our planet because of using real trees for Christmas decorations. This is an example of how we can turn those trees into lumber to build homes. Last years Rockefeller Christmas Tree was donated to Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing.
Maybe we could do the same thing and donate our tree for lumber to a community that needs affordable housing. It might take some research on our part to find a community willing to accept it, but I see it as another way to help those who otherwise might not be able to afford a home.