I love the holiday season because so many people use their time and resources to help others. I had never heard of this program until I came across a press release from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. It shows the generosity of Pennsylvania tree growers and farmers.
Military families across the country and overseas will receive thousands of evergreen trees donated by Pennsylvania Christmas tree growers.
More than 30 Pennsylvania tree farms will participate in this year's "Trees for Troops" program, sponsored by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx.
More from the Dept. of Agriculture press release:
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 1067 Transportation Company of Lehighton, as well as FedEx volunteers and local Christmas tree growers in Carbon County to collect evergreens at Yenser's Tree Farm as part of a national effort to provide military families with real Christmas trees.
"Pennsylvania Christmas trees are some of the finest in the nation," said Wolff. "I thank our local growers for providing cheer to military families who may be away from their loved ones during Christmas. These trees will allow them to enjoy the fresh scent and holiday spirit that comes with the season."
Fleming's Christmas Tree Farms, Indiana County, joined Yenser's Tree Farm as a drop-off location.
More than 15,000 trees will be delivered to troops stationed in the United States and abroad. Trees from Pennsylvania will be delivered to Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Bliss, Texas.
The following are the tree farms donating to this year's "Trees for Troops" program:
Abraczinskas Nurseries - Catawissa.
Baumgartner Farms - Kunkletown
Bizup Tree Farms - S. Plainfield, N.J.
Carino Nurseries - Indiana, Pa.
Christmas Tree Hill - Lehighton
Cloverdale Farms - Weatherly
Crystal Springs Tree Farm - Lehighton
Crystal Springs Tree Farm II - Lehighton
Ecology III - Orangeville
E-Mar Acres Tree Farm - Saltsburg
Evergreen Acres Tree Farm - Auburn
Fleming's Christmas Tree Farms - Indiana
Hague's Christmas Trees - Hatfield
Heritage Acres Evergreens - Bloomsburg
Hill Farms - Lehighton
Kramer's Tree Farm - Schuylkill Haven
Lake Forest Gardens, Inc. - Fombell
Lenhart's Tree Farm - Mertztown
Lone Oak Farm - Monongahela
J. C. Hill Tree Farms, Inc. - Orwigsburg
Jay & Stacy Michalik - Lehighton
Kuhns Tree Farm - State College
McCurdy's Tree Farm - Dillsburg
Misty Run Tree Farm - Annville
Quaker State Plantations - Bloomsburg
Regina Farms - East Stroudsburg
Schmidt's Tree Farm - Landenberg
Sugar Bend Tree Farm - Sugar Run
Walker's Tree Farm - Lehighton
Yenser's Tree Farm - Lehighton