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Michigan farm donates nearly 500 Christmas trees to military families


While we spend so much of Christmastime talking about gifts and family, it’s really the spirit of giving that stands out. And Michigan’s Wahmhoff Farms Nursery took that spirit to a high level as roughly 100 volunteers converged to help in donating nearly 500 Christmas trees to servicemen and women and their families at Fort Knox in Kentucky and Fort Hood in Texas. The effort was part of Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, which provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members in all branches of the military.

The effort happened Monday, when the volunteers loaded the trees onto FedEx trailers that will drive them to the bases. The cost of transportation was donated by FedEx.

“We are just one little piece in the whole puzzle,” on-site organizer Betsy Wahmhoff-Perales told MLive, referring to the broader national effort that Trees for Troops leads.

Since 2005, more than 225,319 Christmas trees have been provided to troops through the program. A very happy holidays for these troops indeed!

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