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Cranberry Middle School students wrote messages of support on Christmas tree tags.

Originally published: 2013-12-11 14:15:21
Last modified: 2013-12-11 14:16:06

Trees for Troops delivers Christmas trees to soldiers and their families

Caroline Harris / (

If you can’t be home for Christmas, let Christmas come to you.

That is the mission of Trees for Troops, to bring Christmas trees to men and women serving in the military and their families. Since 2005, Trees for Troops has provided more than 122,000 Christmas trees. The goal of Trees for Troops is to donate 17,000 Christmas trees to 61 military bases in the U.S. and overseas in 2013.

This year, the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association arranged for 400 trees donated by local Christmas tree farms to go towards that goal. Avery County High School JROTC came out to Linville River Nursery to help tag and load up the trees to be shipped.

“Being involved with Trees for Troops is truly a gift that gives back. It’s rewarding and meaningful to everyone involved because it gives us the opportunity to say a small ‘thank you’ to our troops for their service and sacrifice,” North Carolina Christmas Tree Association Executive Director Jennifer Greene said.

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