If you’re affiliated with the military, you’ve most likely heard of Trees for Troops. It is a program that provides Christmas trees, free of charge, to military families around the world. This year, over 17,000 trees will be delivered to bases across the U.S., as well as some in the Middle East and South Pacific. That’s a crazy amount of Christmas trees!
Do you know how and where these trees come from though? The trees are literally brought to you by FedEx. They provide all the transportation to get the trees to the military bases. The Christmas Spirit Foundation makes the rest happen. They collect donations and sponsors throughout the year. During the holidays, they operate Buy One Give One events at tree lots across the country, so people can purchase a tree to be given to a military family. This year is the 10th year of the program. Since it’s start in 2005, FedEx has delivered over 139,000 trees to military families. Check the delivery schedule to see when they’ll be coming near you.
I am in awe of organizations who do things like this. Live Christmas trees aren’t cheap, but for some people, it’s not Christmas without a real tree. I know overseas, the trees sold like hotcakes. Not even the free trees, but the ones being sold! Once it’s announced they will be sold, people line up early to get theirs. There isn’t any other place to buy live trees (at least there wasn’t in Okinawa), so if you didn’t get one, you had to use a fake tree.
Through the end of today, November 24, you can tweet your thanks and holiday messages to Trees for Troops using the hashtag #TreesforTroops and FedEx will print it out and place it on one of the trees going to a military family.
FedEx wants to throw out another gift for you all. They are offering one of you a holiday gift basket, valued at over $100, filled with popular holiday gifts. Get those tweets sent today and enter to win the gift basket!
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Disclosure: FedEx is providing the giftbasket for the giveaway and I was given one as well in return for this post. I would have posted it for nothing though, I love organizations who do great things for the military.