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Christmas trees for free after Ohio donor buys the lot

A couple drags their freshly cut tree back to the barn from the upper reaches of the Snickers Gap Christmas Tree Farm in Round Hill, Virginia, December 6, 2015. Snickers Gap is a 35 year-old family owned operation that currently has 36,000 Christmas trees planted on forty acres in rural Virginia outside of Washington. Picture taken December 6, 2015.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron     - RTX1XS9N

A couple drags their freshly cut tree back to the barn from the upper reaches of the Snickers Gap Christmas Tree Farm in Round Hill, Virginia, December 6, 2015. Snickers Gap is a 35 year-old family owned operation that currently has 36,000 Christmas trees planted on forty acres in rural Virginia outside of Washington. Picture taken December 6, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron - RTX1XS9N

An anonymous donor has given people who couldn't afford a Christmas tree a chance to take one home after paying for all the remaining trees on a lot at a Catholic elementary school in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a man showed up Monday afternoon and paid for dozens of trees priced at $40 and $50. People cleared the lot Tuesday morning after the principal of St. Mary School in the German Village neighborhood posted on Facebook on Monday night that the trees were free to anyone in need.

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Proceeds from the annual tree sale are split between two charity groups, including one that provides the school with supplies and other financial help.

St. Mary principal Kayla Walton says the donor provided a "beautiful expression" of the Christmas spirit.