'Trees for Troops' Brings Christmas Cheer

By Hanson, Shannon | VFW Magazine, December 2007 | Go to article overview

'Trees for Troops' Brings Christmas Cheer


Hanson, Shannon, VFW Magazine


National program provides live Christmas trees for service members overseas and, equally important, their families at home.

Families of GIs serving overseas have a Santa Claus by the name of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation. The philanthropic arm of the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), the Foundation has created the Trees for Troops program, which works with FedEx to provide live Christmas trees to troops serving overseas and their families back home.

In 2005, the NCTA conducted a survey and found that there had been a 20% decline in activities and traditions normally considered part of the spirit of Christmas. So the organization created the Foundation, which supports children, families and the environment, while enhancing the Christmas spirit. The group has provided hurricane relief, books to underprivileged children and preservation of green spaces.

When FedEx approached the Foundation soon after it was created in 2005, looking for a way to contribute, Trees for Troops was born. Foundation chairman Nigel Manley says providing Christmas trees to military families lets them know that they are cared about.

"In all too many cases, people lose sight of why they [service members] have gone overseas," he says. "They are there to protect our country. No matter what we think about the war, we are supporting them as people. It helps them to know that someone cares."

In just six weeks that fall, 4300 live Christmas trees were donated, collected, shipped all around the country and delivered to military families at five bases.

In 2006,11,000 trees were delivered to 25 military bases and 17 countries, and this Christmas season, organizers hope to deliver more than 15,000 to 30 bases.

Program is 'Very Moving'

The process of getting the trees to military families has proved fairly simple. Each state's NCTA representative talks to Christmas tree growers and asks them to donate trees. The growers take the trees to designated drop-off locations. …

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