Trees for Troops Weekend: December 6th-8th, 2013

It’s just about dawn when your little ones jump on your bed, excitedly yelling, “Santa came! Santa came!” then bolt out your bedroom door. You look across the bed, empty but it feels too weird and somehow wrong to use the entire bed while he’s deployed. Bleary eyed from staying up until 2 a.m. wrapping the presents, presents that are fewer and smaller than last year since you couldn’t afford child care for your own job, you stumble into the living room hoping that Santa made coffee before he left. The little buggers have settled themselves in the living room and exclaim as you come in, “You were right! Santa doesn’t need a tree to leave presents!”

For some military families this is the economic reality. It doesn’t have to be.  Trees for Troops (TfT) provides real Christmas trees to military families who may not be able to afford one. It’s easy to help; when you go to one of the many participating Christmas tree farms in 13 states to get your own tree, cut down and purchase a second tree (plus a $5 fee) for the troops and their families.

Trees for Troops starts off the 2013 holiday season at Dull’s Tree Farm in Thorntown, Indiana on November 19th, 2013. Trees collected then will be loaded into a container to be distributed to military families and soldiers overseas. From December 6th through 8th, Christmas trees will be collected for distribution among our domestically-based families.

If the above vignette hits a little too close to home and you would like to receive a free Christmas tree, contact your base’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Officer to see if your base is participating in this program. If not, encourage him/her to contact TfT to sign up to help others during future Christmas seasons. (Be aware; there is a waiting list of bases wanting to join.)

If you live outside of the areas listed on the participating farms, list, you can still help. TfT has an online store selling TfT labeled merchandise as well as the cute Trees for Troops Bear and children’s book A Christmas Tree. If you own a Christmas tree farm or a tree stand and would like to sign up to host an event, contact TfT to receive more information. And as always, money helps to defray costs.

In 2005 The Christmas Spirit Foundation (established by the National Christmas Tree Association) joined with FedEx to establish Trees for Troops. Since then, over 120,000 military families, both domestically based and overseas, have received a real tree for free to help them have a merry Christmas.

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