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Trees for Troops weekend slated for Dec. 1-3

The Trees for Troops weekend will take place Dec. 1-3 and you can help support this program by visiting one of the participating farms, retail lots or garden centers across the country, according to a news release. Each of these locations will have a FedEx trailer parked at their farm/lot so you can purchase a tree and then place it on the truck to be donated and delivered to a military family at participating bases the following week.

Consumers are encouraged to write personal messages on the tree tags that accompany donated trees. There are also opportunities to donate remotely for those not located near one of the official locations.

TREES-FOR-TROOPSSince the program launched in 2005, more than 191,000 free, farm-grown Christmas trees have been delivered to service members in every branch of the military in the United States and overseas through Trees for Troops.In 2016, Trees for Troops marked its 12th anniversary and provided 17,141 free, real Christmas trees to military families and troops at 63 bases. Trees were donated by roughly 450 Christmas Tree growers, retailers and their customers in 25 states. Since the program launched in 2005, more than 191,000 farm-grown Christmas trees have been delivered to service members in every branch of the military.

“Real Christmas trees are the centerpiece of an authentic Christmas tradition,” said Richard Darling, Christmas SPIRIT Foundation chairman, in the release. “As Christmas tree growers, we are very proud to be able to share that tradition with our military families through the Trees for Troops program. Donating our trees to these American heroes has become an important part of our Christmas celebration.”

Thousands of trees have been donated by American farm families and the public over the past 12 years, and FedEx delivers these trees to military bases in the United States and overseas. FedEx has logged more than 700,000 U.S. miles for the Trees for Troops program.

“We are honored to use our network and capabilities this holiday season to deliver trees to the brave men and women serving in the U.S. military,” said Mike Ducker, president and chief executive officer at FedEx Freight, in a news release. “The Trees for Troops program allows the FedEx team to share the holidays with thousands of our heroes.”

When you purchase your family’s tree this year, ask your Christmas Tree retailer if they are involved in Trees for Troops. Many tree retailers accept donations or provide other opportunities to support the program. Also, you can donate online and certain employers will match your charitable donations so check with your company’s human resources department to see if you can double your impact.

For more information, visit www.treesfortroops.org.