Program to send trees to U.S. troops around the world kicks off in Indiana

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Thornton, Ind. –

Volunteers were getting in the holiday spirit Tuesday, helping pack and prepare hundreds of Christmas trees to ship to our nation’s troops.

FedEx and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, a non profit organization, along with Christmas tree farmers from across American are teaming up for the 9th annual Trees for Troops program.

“I was stationed in Germany for a couple of years with the U.S. Army before retiring with the Indiana National Guard, so I have a special connection to this activity,” said FedEx employee Kevin Connelly.

The event kicked off in Thornton, Indiana at Dull’s Tree Farm where about 250 donated Christmas trees will be sent overseas through the FedEx Express hub in Indianapolis.

“Putting yourself in the position of someone opening that box, of the aroma and the memories and the thoughts of the holidays and traditions, it’s just heart-rendering to think about those folks over there in the desert,” said Tom Dull.

This year Trees for Troops will deliver 17,000 trees to men and women serving our country on U.S. military bases as well.

The public can get involved in the mission by shopping for Christmas trees at partnering locations during the official Trees for Troops weekend December 6th-8th.

According to Paula Bosler with FedEx, the Trees for Troops initiative has sent more than 122,000 fresh-cut Christmas trees to every branch of the military at more than 60 bases in 17 countries since the program launched in 2005.

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