Brittany's Trees...
Catch the Spirit

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I order a tree?

1.  or click on the ONLINE STORE tab above

2. Email for any questions

3. Leave a message for Jim or Roberta Guthrie at 630-933-8210

4. Click here to download 2017 tree ordering form

Who is Brittany?
A special young lady who at the age of 8 passed away as a result of Long QT Syndrome. 

What is Long QT Syndrome?
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats. The rapid heartbeats, caused by changes in the part of your heart that causes it to beat, may lead to fainting. In some cases, your heart's rhythm may beat so erratically that it can cause sudden death.

You can be born with a genetic mutation that puts you at risk of long QT syndrome. In addition, more than 50 medications, many of them common, may cause long QT syndrome. Medical conditions, such as congenital heart defects, also may cause long QT syndrome.

Long QT syndrome is treatable. You may need to limit your physical activity, avoid certain medications that can cause the condition or take medications to prevent a chaotic heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Some people with long QT syndrome also need an implantable device to control the heart's rhythm and to prevent against sudden death.

What is SADS Foundation? 
A non-profit organization that supports an effort to save the lives of children and young adults who have been diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome.  Please visit
for more information.

What is Brittanys Trees?
A group of friends and neighbors honoring the memory of Brittany Valene by displaying lighted Christmas trees throughout her neighborhood and surrounding towns.

How do I participate?
There are four (4) ways to participate. 1) You can purchase a tree to be delivered, set-up and decorated in your front yard 2) You can purchase a 2017 Brittany's Trees long sleeve Dark Gray event shirt 3) You can purchase a donation on our online store tab 4) You can help with delivery, set-up or decorating of trees AND/OR spreading the word.

If you do not want to order online, checks should be made out to Brittanys Trees and sent to Jim Guthrie at 648 Matthew Lane, Carol Stream, Il 60188.

For direct donations, please make checks payable to SADS Foundation and send to Jim Guthrie at 648 Matthew Lane, Carol Stream, Il 60188. 

When do I get my tree?
Trees will be delivered, set up and decorated starting Friday, November 24th (Thanksgiving weekend) and will continue until all trees have been delivered.

Can I purchase a tree after Halloween?
Maybe. :) We will continue selling trees until we are sold out. We sold out of trees in last 7 years and will sell-out by Halloween.

Do I have to be home when trees are delivered?

What do I need to provide when my tree arrives?
All you will need is an extension cord from your house to the tree.

What happens if my lights don't work or the lights go out?
Send an email to and you will receive a response the same day.

Tree takedown
Most residents will take down their tree on Saturday January 6th.  Please keep the pole if you would like to participate again next year.  It helps with reducing our cost/expense and allows us to donate more money. You can put your tree at the curb for regular pickup.

Will Flood Brothers still pick up a tree in January?
Yes. There is no deadline for tree pick up. You can contact Flood Brothers at 630-261-0400 or if you have any questions.

Do you deliver trees to surrounding towns?
Yes.  Our 2017 delivery area includes the following towns:  Addison, Alsip, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Chicago, Downers Grove, Elgin, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Itasca, Libertyville, Lombard, Naperville, Palos Heights, Roselle, St. Charles, Villa Park, Wayne, West Chicago, Wheaton, Winfield, Worth

How much did you donate to SADS in 2016?
In 2016 we proudly donated $35,000 to the SADS Foundation and purchased 4 AED's (Automated External Defibrillator) to schools in and around Carol Stream - Jay Stream Middle School, Heritage Lakes Elementary, Cloverdale Elementary and South Elgin High School.  Our Goal for 2017 is to exceed the 2016 effort!!!

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