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Barber, Ellsworth Legion join 'Trees for Troops'

Ready to send trees to the troops are, left to right, Richard DeCosta, Ellsworth American Legion Post Commander, and Louis Barber, Legionnaire. Submitted photo

BELDENVILLE--Barber's Christmas Trees of Beldenville is donating trees to "Trees for Troops" and the Ellsworth American Legion Post 204 will transport them to the local collection point at Pleasant Valley Tree Farm, Elk Mound, as part of their Americanism Program.

For the fifth year, FedEx Corporation and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation are teaming up for Trees for Troops. In the coming weeks, Christmas tree growers, retailers and FedEx will be donating and delivering approximately 16,000 real Christmas trees to more than 50 military bases in the United States and overseas.

The 2009 program kicked off on Nov. 10 in Columbus, Ohio, with the pickup of 300 trees to be delivered to activated service members stationed in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. A second international shipment of approximately 100 trees will depart from the FedEx Express hub in Indianapolis on Nov. 24 for service members stationed in Bahrain and the U. S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Last year, more than 750 tree growers in 29 states donated trees delivered by FedEx to the military bases. Since the program's beginning, more than 34,000 real Christmas trees have been distributed to families in every branch of the military in 17 countries. In the U.S., FedEx freight trucks have traveled an estimated 100,000 over-the-road miles to pick up and deliver the trees during the past four years.

For more information on this program and to read thank you letters from military families, visit: