In 2013, Trees for Troops® provided 17,051 free, real Christmas Trees to military families and troops, bringing the total since inception of the program to more than 139,000 trees. The trees were delivered by FedEx to 62 military bases in the U.S. and Middle East, covering every branch of the armed services. Check out some of the photos and thank you messages
on this website and our Facebook page
of military families that have received trees.
The program kicked off on November 19 at Dull's Tree Farm in Thorntown, Indiana. More than 50 volunteers helped organize, box and load 250 trees, of which 150 were shipped overseas. The lucky recipients were the members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia and Khandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. View photos on Facebook
Members of the National Christmas Tree Association and many state and regional Christmas tree associations donated trees by the thousands. They do it because they love the opportunity to say "thank you for your service and sacrifice" to troops and their families. In total, 9,685 Christmas trees were donated by growers this year. View a comprehensive list of tree donors here
Consumers supported Trees for Troops by donating funds or by visiting the 60 farms and retail locations across the country that hosted FedEx trailers during Trees for Troops Weekend, Dec. 6-8, 2013. During Trees for Troops Weekend, consumers purchased and donated 7,216 trees that were placed in the trailers and delivered to U.S. military bases.
During the first two weeks in December, stateside military bases all over the country saw FedEx trucks roll up filled with Real Christmas Tree. A grand total of 16,901 trees were donated to U.S. military installations in 2013.
Your Help is Needed Year-Round
Trees for Troops counts on donations from the public to make this program succeed. You can support Trees for Troops through your tax-deductible donation
or by becoming a sponsor
. The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your tax-deductible charitable contribution will help those in service to their country and their families receive a Real Christmas Tree and keep the spirit of a traditional Christmas celebration alive.
Thank you for your support, and Merry Christmas!