U.S. Christmas tree farmers, supporters send the spirit of the holidays around the world

SD Ag ConnectionNovember 29, 2021Agriculture News
Photo Ohio Christmas Tree AsssociationImagine a smiling group of U.S. troops gathered around a Christmas Tree that was grown on an American farm and shipped to arrive fresh and green somewhere on the other side of the world, just in time for Christmas.

DES MOINES, IA – American farmers are doing what they can to help members of the U.S. military celebrate the holiday season.

According to Farms.com, Christmas tree farmers from multiple states are shipping Christmas to service members stationed domestically and overseas.

In Ohio, for example, the agriculture department and state Christmas Tree Association have supported the troops through Operation Evergreen since 1995.

This year, the Ohio Department of Agriculture inspected more than 100 donated Christmas trees destined for Kuwait.

The shipments also included decorations and letters from elementary school children. It’s a small gesture but it’s a way to let the soldiers know people back home are thinking about them and want them to have a happy holiday season.

“It’s a way to give back to the troops, maybe send them a bit of Christmas greetings, give them a little bit of home while they’re spending time away from their families during the holiday season, Dan Kenny, chief of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s plant health division, told WCPO.

If you would like to donate to the cause, send a donation to the Ohio Christmas Tree Association at 6870 Licking Valley Road, Frazeysburg, OH 43822. Checks can be made out to OCTA Operation Evergreen. Donations can also be made on our GoFundMe page.

In other states, Christmas tree farms and communities participate in the Trees for Troops program.

This initiative delivers Christmas trees to 77 Air Force, Army, Marine, Navy and Coast Guard bases stationed around the country.

Since the start of November 2021, 14,500 trees have been donated to the cause. And since it started 16 years ago, more than 262,000 real trees have been donated to Trees for Troops.

Donations to Tree for Troops are welcome and appreciated.