Operation Evergreen brings a touch of home to the troops


FRAZEYSBURG, Ohio – Ohio Christmas tree growers are donating real Christmas trees as part of Operation Evergreen sponsored by the Ohio Christmas Tree Association with support from the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx Corp.
Operation Evergreen will help to kick off the Trees for Troops. The Ohio Christmas Tree Association has been delivering trees to troops stationed over seas since 1995.
Amy Galehouse, Operation Evergreen coordinator, has been working with military personnel, FedEx, the National Christmas Tree Association and Ohio Christmas tree growers for weeks to put this event together.
Decorations. Growers have donated trees with local school children, churches and veteran’s groups donating decorations so each military unit receiving a tree has everything needed to celebrate the holidays.
Tree collection and inspection will take place at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Nov. 13.
Operation Evergreen will collect, pack and ship 300 Christmas trees for soldiers serving in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Qatar.
FedEx Express will provide international transport to Qatar that will depart Nov. 14 from FedEx Express’s Indianapolis Hub. The trees should arrive around Thanksgiving.
Home. “Hopefully, the trees can bring a little bit of home to our troops who will be spending the holidays away from their families,” said Galehouse.
In addition to the international transport, the Trees for Troops program will collect over 11,000 trees to be delivered to the families of military personnel.
FedEx Freight will provide the transportation of the donated trees, collected from 27 states and delivered starting the end of November into early December to over 20 military bases.

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