FRAZEYSBURG, Ohio — Many American troops stationed overseas will celebrate the holidays with an Ohio-grown Christmas tree, thanks to Operation Evergreen, an annual event of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association (OCTA).
More than 100 trees were donated by various Ohio Christmas tree growers Nov. 13, and inspected by department nursery inspectors before being sent to soldiers serving at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
The trees received a phytosanitary certificate for international shipment.
“Hopefully the trees can bring a little bit of home to our troops who will be spending the holidays away from their families,” said Amy Galehouse, Operation Evergreen coordinator with the association.
In addition to the trees, decorations donated by local schools, churches and veterans’ groups ensured the military units receiving the trees will have all that is needed to celebrate the holidays.
Donations were received from various organizations and growers to cover shipping charges. Sizeable donations were made by Hudler Tree Farm in North Carolina, Bolt Construction in Youngstown and Stifel located in Westlake.
Operation Evergreen, sponsored by the Ohio Christmas Tree Association, has delivered more than 5,000 Christmas trees to troops stationed overseas since 1995.
If anyone would like to assist with future Operation Evergreen events, contact the OCTA Office at 740-828-3331.