Volunteers are preparing to ship Christmas trees to service members stationed overseas.
It’s part of the Trees for Troops program.
Christmas Spirit Foundation Executive Director Ann O’Conner, says 250 trees are donated by growers from throughout Indiana.
“We partner with FedEx who delivers all those trees to bases throughout the country,” O'Conner says.
O’Conner says shipments will also include letters of gratitude and homemade ornaments to those not able to join their families for the holidays.
“It really brings a touch of home to people who aren’t able to be here for the holiday,” she says.
This is the 14th year for the Trees for Troops program. To date, the national program has delivered over 100,000 trees in the U.S. and abroad.
Anyone can create new memories for a military family by sharing a holiday greeting and best wishes on Twitter through the Tag-a-Tree campaign. Tweet a message to @fedex using the hashtag #TreesforTroops through Nov. 16. Every tree will be tagged with a message, adding a personal touch to each delivery.
You can also support Trees for Troops by donating to the program and/or purchasing fresh trees at dozens of Christmas tree retail locations during Trees for Troops weekend, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. Donated trees will be added to the program’s planned deliveries to U.S. bases in 2018.
More information on how to get involved can be found at www.treesfortroops.org.