Farmers in Michigan wanted to do something to show their support for U.S. troops as so many are stationed abroad this holiday season. Well, they did just that, donating Christmas trees to military families in an effort to bring them holiday cheer.
Tree farmers in Michigan plan to donate 1,000 Christmas trees to military families. Today, the first 300 of those trees were loaded up and shipped from Candy Cane Christmas Tree Farm in Brandon Township. The trees are headed to Scott Air Force base just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, according to Marsha Gray, the executive director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association.
Gray told the Detroit Free Press that the association will have "another load of about 700 trees going out on Wednesday from southwestern Michigan." She added that the trees "typically go to the lower-ranking military and their families," noting that if "someone is overseas, their family gets priority." In yet another display of altruism, FedEx absorbed all the shipping costs, enabling the program to go off without a hitch.
The tree farmers are ecstatic that they are able to give back to the community, especially to those whose job it is to protect their basic freedoms. The trees will undoubtedly bring happiness to the kids of military servicemen and servicewomen. Perhaps, some John Deere toy tractors will find their way under the tree for those kids lucky enough to make Santa's nice list.