Delivering the spirit of Christmas to military families
– one Christmas Tree at a time.
Messages from Troops: 2008
From troops and their families that received a Real Christmas Tree in 2008

Thank you so much Trees for Troops and Glove Hollow Farm at Fort Knox, KY. We appreciate your donation and your continual support for soldiers and their families. It is very encouraging that you care.

Sgt. Justin, Emily and Davis
Fort Knox, KY

Please thank all your sponsors and contributors on our behalf this year for their amazing generosity. My husband and I just got married this summer; he is active duty Air Force and we are stationed in the cold north here at Ellsworth Air Force Base. This morning after he got home from working the midnight shift, we were able to drive across base and pick up a beautiful tree for FREE. I can't believe it! What a wonderful gift. Our dog and cat have been exploring the tree all morning, and I'm adding lights and ornaments. It has been a busy and sometimes stressful year, and this gift of a Christmas tree just makes me smile all is just what we needed.


Erin and Jeff
Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota


I just want to say thank you for donating the trees to military families. I know that my family greatly appreciates it. My husband has had to miss many holidays, birthdays, and many other special events over the years. Its never gets any easier. But we do the best we can to cope. I picked up my tree today at Ft.Carson, and it is one of the most beautiful trees my family has had. I just want to say thank you for thinking of us. We really do appreciate it.



I just wanted to express my thanks for the beautiful Christmas tree we received at Camp Lejeune today. Having a live tree will make this Christmas all the more special, particularly since it's the first one we get to spend with my husband in three years. Thank you for your generosity and God bless you!

Rochelle, wife of Cpl. (USMC)

First of all, I want to say Thank you, thank you so much for the tree. I love it so much. We have never had a real tree before. My husband and I have been married for 6 years and never had a real tree because it was too expensive. Here is our story. My husband is currently in Iraq waiting to come home. His flight keeps getting canceled. This christmas is very important to us because he will meet his 4 month old son for the first time. Our Daughter Aliyah keeps counting the days till she can be with daddy and watch cartoons together again. This is our first deployment and it has been hard, but it has kept us all strong. I attached a picture of the tree next to our fireplace. It is not decorated because we are hoping daddy will be home soon to help us decorate.

One again thank you so much for giving us a tree and making our christmas alot more jolly.


"When you feel like giving up,remember why you held on for so long in the first place"
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Hi we received our Christmas tree yesterday from the trees for troops program! Our family is so thankful and we wanted to let the 3 families who donated our tree that we greatly appreciate their kindness. And we also thank you Fedex and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation!

So thank you Zwinak, Bouchard, and Leatherman families!! We hope you and your have a very merry Christmas!

Chris, Bethany, Ryker, and Riddick

Thanks so much for your support of our soldiers this holiday season. Our tree is so beautiful & we greatly appreciate the fantastic selection.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
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Thanks so much for the tree!

Navy tree

Dear Trees For Troops,

There was a lot of things going on during the holidays this year and with everything happening we had nearly forgotten to get a Christmas tree. Thankfully, we heard that they were giving away Christmas trees on base to military members so we stopped by and picked one up. We were so excited to bring home a Christmas tree in order to make the house more festive. From my family to all of you who made this possible, thank you for being so thoughtful and giving. You have made our holiday memories special.

Capt Josh

Thanks to all the organization's and employees that made Trees for Troops possible this year.

My husband and I appreciate the beautiful tree provided us this year at Fort Lewis. The money we didn't spend on a tree went to buying food for junior enlisted soldiers and their families for their christmas dinner. Because of your gift we were able to pay it forward.

Thanks again for our tree and may all of you enjoy a joyous and safe holiday season.

Best regards,

Bill and Liz

I just wanted to thank your organization so much for our tree. Money was a bit tight this year and getting a free tree made things somewhat easier. Our son is leaving in mid- January for Fort Bragg and then he's going to Afghanistan. This gesture made our holiday so much brighter. Thank you so much.

Hoping you had a Merry Christmas Peace to everyone in the New Year


My family just wanted to send a thank you to all the people who make this possible every year. My kids love being able to go and pick out our tree, and then they get to talk to Santa. We our stationed in Great Lakes IL right now, so this year it was snowing when we went and got our tree. My oldest son was sure to thank each person who was there working and the fedex guys. My kids loved the hot chocolate, and they sleep with the stuff animals that they got. They were the Santa hats they gave out all the time. The tree is beautiful and my kids will have wonderful memories of this time we spent in IL.

Thank you very much,
The Quinn Family
Quinns with tree

I just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful donated Christmas tree.
What you did was very thoughtful and appreciated. I will keep it up until my husband comes homes (hopefully not too late into January).

I attached a picture of our dogs in front of the tree.

Thank you again,

Mathematics Teacher
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Our family is due to move in about a month. We were still not sure how we were going to spend christmas this year. Our paper reported ' Free Trees for Troops' and that got me to thinking. Post hosted a Jingle Jam party while giving out trees. My husband and I decided why not. We are very thankful for the tree. We got an ornament to go along with the tree. I expecially like the card at the bottom of the tree. We have sent a Christmas care to the tree donator. Christmas will be special this year. Everytime I look at the tree it re-enforces the idea that people and companies are still remembering the troops. Most of our troops here at Fort Polk are deployed right now in Iraq. Many of my close friends will not be home this holiday. To whom ever reads this, please continue to pray for all troops, Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Foreign Troops. We are not the only ones fighting for freedom and peace.

Thank you again. Our 5 Children just love the tree.

Val D

I would like to thank Mollie and Andrew for our great tree. We haven't had a fresh tree in years. It smells wonderful and is beautiful. Thank you for supporting our troops. It means a lot to us!

Tom, Mindy and Brennan

Thank you. Thank you.
A Ft Carson Family

As I drove into work, I noticed a sign that read tree for troops.

Arrows pointed me to the holding lot where around four left over trees were propped along a short area of the fence.
The next day I seen the sign was still there and as I again checked the lot, I was informed a truck load had been unloaded that morning. I chose a large tree and thought it will look nice in our house. I brought it home and my wife informed me it's too large. The tree stand we had was too small because while stationed in Germany we hadn't the room for such a tree.
The next day we drove around for hours trying to purchase a stand that would support the tree. Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Walgreen's and Big lots were all out.

We stopped in at a Rite Aid store and found the store had a few remaining. I purchased the last 7 1/2 to 8 foot tree stand.
I removed only three lower branches to set it in the stand. Cut five inches off the top for the Star and here is a picture of a wonderful tree from you all.

Thank you from the Davis Family.

davis family with tree

Thank you for the wonderful tree

SSG Wayne
holiday tree

I would like to say thank you for the tree this holiday season. My son was so happy getting it set up! Keep doing what you are doing it is a great morale booster for us. Thanks again

SFC Burlingham

We would just like to thank everyone at your organization for giving us such a beautiful tree. It is truly the best one we have ever had, and it means so much to us.

Sincerely, the Mason Family of Augusta, Ga

I just wanted to thank all involved with this organization. My family and I truly love and appreciate our tree . It was such a blessing to be able to get a free tree. With money being so tight it really helped us out. Thank you again and God Bless.

The Hope Family

Hi there, I am sending this letter of Thank You All for our wonderful tree!

Thanks again,

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Oceanside, CA 92058

To Whom It May Concern:

Hello and Happy Holidays to you all. My name is Britt and I am a thankful recipient of a tree from the Trees for Troops program. We just love our tree, and had great fun decorating it as well. This is our daughter Olivia's first Christmas that she's really aware of things and comes in each morning to where the tree is displayed to say, "ohhhh!" Great memories for us, those memories you helped bring out by your wonderful generosity to the Trees for Troops program. We are especially grateful this holiday season as my husband Chaplain Jeff Ross aka "Dada" is not here with us but serving in Iraq. Having the tree easily accessible for me through this program was just another task that I did not have to endure alone with a toddler. So again, I thank you very, very much. This program means a great deal too many here on Camp Pendleton, that I have personally talked with and have casually met while waiting in line for the tree.

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!

All our best,

Britt and Olivia

Tree For Troops & Sponsors,

My family and I would like to Thank You from the bottom of our hearts for your kind donation of a Christmas Tree. My husband is a Military Training Instructor (boot camp drill sergeant) at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. It means a lot to our family that we are thought of. Attached you will find a picture of our beautiful tree on Christmas morning. Again, Thank You again for your generous donation!


The Mays Family
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To Everyone Who Made Having Our Christmas Tree Possible:

Thank you for your generosity. If it hadn't been for you, I wouldn't have been able to have such a beautiful Christmas tree. My husband has been overseas for three years now. Trees for Troops helped put a smile on my children's faces when they were missing their daddy this Christmas.

Thank you!
Quinones family

My family and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the beautiful Christmas trees that you provided to the soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. This generous gesture of appreciation means so much to the military families at this time of the year. For us it is always a surprise to get the tree home and unwrap it from the netting. This year we almost missed out. We ended up with one of the last trees on the lot and it was a very large beauty that took up most of our living room. Again thank you!

The Clabaugh Family
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Thank you so much for the tree! It made our holiday even better. My husband Tad takes great pride in his job and when he's home he's part of our voluteer fire company, so he is constintly on the go. It was great to have him home when I know there were a lot of fgamilies who could not say the same. We have three daughters, all of whom helped to decorate the beautiful tree you gave us. Even little Samantha (8 months) undecorated as we decorated. Her Favorite ornaments were our dark blue ones. My favorite was walking into our home and smelling the pine scent. It let me know I was home. You are a hero too. The little things count even if they are taken for granite.

Thank you from all of us,
Tad, Amber, Samantha, Bianca and Natalee
Niagara Falls, NY

My wife and I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the "Willson Family (Ohio + New Jersey)" for their Christmas tree donated to Trees for Troops.

We enjoyed a wonderful holiday together and certainly, the spirit was present with the iconic Christmas tree. We are indeed thankful to that family for their donation.

Caressa, United States Coast Guard

Dear FedEx & the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation,

I wanted to thank you so much for the free tree that I received in December 2008. I am a Marine wife on Camp Pendleton and it was an extremely hard year for me. My husband was deployment to Iraq from January 2008 to May 2008. He found out a week before Christmas 2007 that he had to go back. Then when he came home in May 2008, he received orders to report to Okinawa Japan in August 2008. He has always loved real Christmas trees (I always had an artificial tree) so picking out the Christmas tree was always a big deal to him and my 2 girls. This year was the first year that I had to pick out the tree by myself. Thankful your organization made this an easy task for me. The trees were big and beautiful. The whole event brought me to tears. I must have hugged 10-20 FedEx workers who were on hand - they must have thought I was nuts! I wanted them all to know how much this meant to me and my girls. Everything has a happy ending - I found out that day (12/5) that my husband would be able to come home for Christmas. That tree stood in my livingroom from 12/5 thru 12/23 undecorated waiting for him to come home. I watered it everyday so that it would last until he came and it did!

I just wanted to all to know that your kindness, dedication and generosity was greatly appreciated. My family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. Please see attached picture of the decorated tree.


Camp Pendleton CA
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Thank you so much for making our Christmas special!!

My husband is deployed and so I thought we would just get an artificial tree. I saw the trees for troops program and signed up for it, but didn't know if there would be enough trees. Well I went out and bought an artificial tree and then received a call that there were plenty of real Christmas trees. We went to look to see what we could 9 year old found the perfect tree!!! Needless to say, we returned the artificial one (which was a big help) and we set up our tree that we received from trees for troops. It was a challenge being my first time doing that alone, but in the end it worked out and we had many wonderful surprises with the tree. We actually found a little birds nest inside & added it to the tree as an ornament. Our three boys were thrilled with it you can see the happy faces in our pictures!!! Here is a before decorating, after decorating and photos of our three sons for you. Again, thank you for making it a very special Christmas!!

God bless you,

Vesper, Nicholas, Taryl & Toby

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