Trees for Troops spreads holiday cheer

Charlene Adams
Lead News Writer

Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farms will hold Trees for Troops Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1803 Fleming Road.

Trees for Troops Day, held at Fleming’s Indiana location will include live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s activities, visits from Santa and Rudolph and food from the Trees for Troops Day concession stand, ac­cording to the owner of the tree farm, J.D. Fleming.

The day will also include raffles, an activity table, games and photo oppor­tunities.

Trees for Troops was established in 2005 as a cooperative effort of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, FedEx and the National Christmas Tree Asso­ciation, according to Fleming.

“Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farms was involved since the beginning by just donating trees and being a collection point,” Fleming said. “Trees for Troops Day was started in 2009 to support the program. It is run by a group of local people and hosted by Fleming’s.”

The Trees for Troops program provides farm-grown Christmas trees to members of the armed forces and their family members in the U.S. and those stationed overseas through both cash donations and donated Christ­mas trees, according to the Trees for Troops site.

At Trees for Troops Day, attendants may make a cash donation to the fund, which will buy trees for the program, or attendants can purchase trees them­selves to donate.

A 6-foot Christmas tree costs $25, according to Fleming, and donors may put a tag with a special message on the tree.

Fleming said any amount is accepted toward the purchase of more trees.

Since 2005, Trees for Troops has pro­vided more than 122,000 Christmas trees to military families and troops in the United States and overseas, accord­ing to the Trees for Troops site.

Each year, thousands of Christmas trees are donated by American farm families and the public, and FedEx de­livers these trees to more than 60 mili­tary bases.

Fleming’s was established in 1945 by Roy and Mary Jane Fleming.

The business is continued by Roy’s son J.D. and J.D.’s wife Cindy and has Christmas tree lots in both Indiana and New Alexandria.

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