Members of the Western Boone FFA Chapter help bale a Christmas tree at the Dull’s Tree Farm for the Trees for Troops program, which is coordinated by FedEx, the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and the National Christmas Tree Association.
Members of the Western Boone FFA Chapter help bale a Christmas tree at the Dull’s Tree Farm for the Trees for Troops program, which is coordinated by FedEx, the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and the National Christmas Tree Association.

THORNTOWN, Ind. — To help bring holiday cheer to soldiers and their families, the Trees for Troops program is in its ninth year of operation.

The program brings together FedEx, the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, the National Christmas Tree Association and volunteers to help ship Christmas trees around the country and overseas.

Paula Bosler, who is in charge of media relations for FedEx, noted that Trees for Troops over the years has donated more than 120,000 Christmas trees, and this year alone, 17,000 trees will be donated to more than 60 military bases.

She added that besides the trees that will be given to military families, 250 trees from 30 Indiana Christmas tree growers were gathered at Dull’s Tree Farm in Thorntown to be boxed and shipped overseas, where soldiers will receive them shortly after Thanksgiving.

The trees, Bosler said, help remind the soldiers stationed overseas during the holidays of home and that there are people back in the U.S. thinking of them.

“A common theme we hear is that the smell of the trees brings back a lot of memories of family,” she said, adding that FedEx is proud of the opportunity to participate in the Trees for Troops program and that its employees love to volunteer because many of them have military connections.

Tom Dull of Dull’s Tree Farm noted that participating in the program is a small gesture that he and the rest of the growers in the National Christmas Tree Growers Association can do to say thank you to those individuals in the military who give up their holiday and time with their family.