Trees for Troops donates trees to families of Ellsworth airmen

Master Sergeant Bricker carries a fresh Christmas tree to a waiting family at Ellsworth Air Force Base Friday. Photo Date: Nov. 30, 2018.
MSgt Bricker carries a Christmas tree to a waiting family.

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — On Friday, Dec. 6, about 200 Christmas trees will arrive to be given to families of airmen at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

The trees are provided by farmers, and the donation is provided by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation.

Through the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, Trees for Troops is a program where FedEx delivers trees to military bases throughout the world as a way to thank military members and their families for their service.

“Trees for Troops is a joint effort that is made possible by our team members and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation,” said John Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Freight. “We are proud to celebrate the holidays with these military families and lend our superior network and operations expertise to a great cause.”

United States armed forces members in all branches of the military and their families are eligible, and the program runs through donations, sponsorship’s, grants and the work of many volunteers.

Since being founded in 2005, more than 225,319 free, farm-grown Christmas Trees have been provided to troops and military families in the United States and overseas through Trees for Troops.

Public Affairs Officer, Second Lieutenant Joshua Sinclair says that this is Ellsworth’s tenth year participating in the program.

“The program focuses on providing holiday spirit to the families of deployed airmen,” said Sinclair.

In addition to families of deployed airmen, others serving at Ellsworth, soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard and Douglas High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets are eligible to receive a tree.

Families can begin picking up trees on Friday, Dec. 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Outdoor Recreation. If you would like to get involved in Trees for Troops, click HERE.

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