From Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, the public is invited to help support Trees for Troops, a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas Trees to armed forces members and their families each Christmas.
More than 30 Christmas Tree farms and retail lots nationwide will serve as Trees for Troops Weekend hosts, offering consumers the opportunity to purchase and donate a tree to be delivered by FedEx to one of more than 60 military bases across the country.
"Each year, Trees for Troops counts on support from consumers to ensure we can reach our goal of delivering 18,000 Christmas Trees," said Nigel Manley, chairman of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation. "Supporting Trees for Troops is an opportunity to thank America's troops and provide their families with joyful, traditional Christmas memories. The photos and comments we receive from the troops and families is truly heartwarming and let us know how much these trees mean to them."
A list of Trees for Troops Weekend locations is available at www.treesfortroops.org, and additional tree farms and lots across the nation will be accepting donations to help support the program.
Donations are needed even after Trees for Troops Weekend concludes, according to the foundation staff, and the distribution of Christmas Tree to military bases continues through mid-December.
"If you are busy this weekend, or if there are no Trees for Troops Weekend locations in your area, you can support the program by making a monetary donation at www.treesfortroops.org," said DeLaine Bender, foundation executive director. "The generosity of the public -- as well as donations from the Real Christmas Tree industry and FedEx -- make this program possible, and every donation helps."