It’s about giving the gift of Christmas spirit on Fort Drum by giving the gift of a Christmas tree.
Wednesday morning Darling Tree Farm brought over 700 Christmas trees to be distributed to over 700 military families on Fort Drum.
“We are here participating in Trees for Troops, which is a program that provides trees for soldiers all across the country, and young soldiers that can not afford them or just want to have them,” said Specialist Oyinpreye Dorgu.
Three trailers of trees were delivered to Fort Drum by Darling Tree Farm. Those trees will be unloaded from the trucks and then taken to warehouses on base to be distributed to families. Darling Tree Farm brought decorations and tree stands to also give out to the families that will pick up their new Christmas tree.
Specialist Dorgu says that he enjoys this program because he feels that its about spreading holiday cheer to families and children during the holidays, some of which could otherwise not afford to spend the money on a real tree.
Darling Tree Farm is just one of 140 tree farms that donate Christmas trees to troops during the holidays as part of the National Christmas Tree Association. Fedex collects the trees and delivers them for free to 600 Army bases nationwide, and even as far as Iraq and Afghanistan.
There was a lot of holiday cheer as Major General Mark A. Milly joined the troops to unload the trees and prepare them for delivery.
The Major General also awarded Darling Tree Farm, Fedex, and the Sustainment brigade awards for their participation and support of the Troops for Trees program.