Most people wonder what they can do to boost the morale of our troops who can't be home for the holidays. In addition to sending your messages of support, perhaps you might consider sending something a little larger - say a Christmas Tree?
Trees for Troops is a program founded through the Christmas Spirit Foundation, National Christmas Tree Growers' Association and FedEx Corp. that enables thousands of Christmas trees to be sent to troops locally and overseas. Dozens of small businesses, including Allentown's own Keris Tree Farm and Christmas Shop are selling trees at reduced prices ($35), along with a note offering your own best wishes to one of our soldiers.
Since 2005, 84,000 trees have been sent to over 60 U.S. military bases all over the world. This program wouldn't be successful without assistance from all the growers, Fed Ex and even local organizations such as the Girl Scout Troops who donate handmade ornaments for the trees. Anyone interested in providing financial support of $10 or more, can text the work, "SPIRIT" to 50555 on their phones. For more information about the Trees for Troops program, go online to www.treesfortroops.org, or follow Trees for Troops on Twitter (www.twitter.com/trees4troops) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/trees4troops).