Free Firewood

Helping Single Mothers, Widows, and the Elderly

Feel The Warmth

Anyone who has been self-employed in their life knows that it comes with a blessing and a curse. The blessing is the possibility of having more money and more time to do other things. The curse of almost any business owner (especially in the beginning) is being a slave to your business and having little money and no time!

The goal of every entrepreneur is to get to the blessing stage of their growing business! I have enjoyed this experience of building a company from the ground up and everything that entailed. The best part of my business has always been meeting new people, who then normally turn into customers. Another great part of owning a tree service in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington is the fact that it’s somewhat seasonal, normally working from April through October, almost nonstop, and then having most of the winter off.

Owning Northern Lakes Tree Service has afforded my family and me the finances and time to be able to help people not just here in the U.S.

  • like our half-way house for teens in Coeur d'Alene way back in 1999, but in other countries as well. Starting in 2000 and ending in 2004, at which time during the winter months we would go to Mexico and Belize, Central America, to help in the building of community centers and doing food and clothing distribution.
  • In the spring of 2005, I made the first of many trips to "Haiti,” that small island country that was devastated by the 2010 earthquake. We were able to set up teams from Seattle, Washington, the Midwest, Arizona, Northern Idaho, and Eastern Washington to join us in aiding the Haitian people.
  • My wife really has a heart for children, and so for the last three years at Christmas time, we have been able to buy hundreds of outfits for children in a small fishing village in the Philippines.
  • The main reason my family and I have been able to experience all these things is the fact that I have been blessed enough, at a very early age, to be self-employed. I have the money and the time to help those in need.

Our Firewood Grant

As you can see, we love to take care of people whatever their needs are, not just abroad but here in our own backyard (Priest Lake). One way we are caring for other people's needs is to give away our surplus of firewood to people who can't afford or are not physically able to get it on their own. This includes single mothers, widows, and the elderly. If you or anybody that you know around the Priest Lake area is in need of mixed firewood and are not able to afford it, Northern Lakes Tree Service will gladly deliver it free of charge, starting in May and ending in October. This firewood comes directly off our job site's, so it’s still green and may need some time to season (to dry out); in other words, it might not be good for this winter if you receive it late in the fall.

The firewood comes anywhere from 14 inches to 18 inches because of the way that the tree is cut down. We normally climb, limb, and top, so almost every block of wood is cut a little bit differently. If you are in need of firewood, please contact Damon Bretthauer at Northern Lakes Tree Service to set up a delivery for the spring and summer months ahead.

We want to thank for inspiring us and covering our story.


It is hard to lose a loved one, especially a spouse, and that is why we choose to provide warmth in their time of need.

Single Mothers

Being a single mother is hard enough without having to worry about how you are going to heat your home in the winter.

The Elderly

They have taken care of us, and now it is time to give back to them.

Become a volunteer

If you are interested in helping us deliver and unload firewood this winter, please feel free to contact us. Your help will always be appreciated.

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Our volunteers

Just to name a few.



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John Doe

All of The Hard Working Men!

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Jane Doe

All of The Hard Working Women!