Trees For Troops

 

The donated trees loaded at Wahmhoff Farms each year are made possible by the generosity of Michigan's Christmas Tree Growers and by consumers like you.
FedEx delivers the donated trees free of charge every year to military bases across the United States and overseas.

SouthWest Michigan's Loading Event location for Trees for Troops: Wahmhoff Farms 22330 M40 Hwy, Gobles MI 49055.

   

 

Michigan Christmas Trees have shipped to these military bases:
2018: 
Camp Lejeune - New River, North Carolina, USA.
2017: 
Hurlburt Field, United States Air Force Auxiliary Base in Okaloosa County, FL, USA. We loaded 787 baled (netted) Christmas trees in 2017.
          2017 marks the 200,000th Christmas tree delivered through the Trees for Troops program: https://youtu.be/Y1cujfneOJk 
          2017 Trees for Troops Loading Event at Wahmhoff Farms on YouTube
2016 Trees for Troops Over 700 Christmas trees were loaded at Wahmhoff Farms and delivered via FedEx to Fort Benning, GA.
In 2015 volunteers helped us load 600 Christmas trees here at Wahmhoff Farms,which shipped to Fort Bragg, NC.
In 2014 approximately 100 volunteers helped us load over 520 Christmas trees which shipped to Fort Carson in CO and Scott AFB in IL. 
In 2013 approximately 60 volunteers joined us for the Trees for Troops Loading Event. The Christmas trees were shipped to NAS JRB New Orleans (Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base),  MCAS New River (Marine Corps Air Station, NC), and to Fort Benning, GA.
In 2012 volunteers helped us load more than 400 trees on December 3rd that were shipped via FedEx to Ft. Knox, KY. 
         Trees for Troops volunteers load more than 400 Christmas trees at Wahmhoff Farms in 2012, headed to U.S. military base at Ft. Knox, KY
         Check out the following link about Trees for Troops and Wahmhoff Farms Nursery by Fox 17 - #1.
In 2011, donated MI Christmas trees were shipped to the following military bases: Scott AFB in IL, Lackland AFB in TX and Rock Island Arsenal in ILhttp://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2011/11/post_215.html 
2010 Trees for Troops: 700 donated Michigan-grown Christmas trees were loaded onto two FedEx trailers bound for Fort Benning, GA. 
         Gobles Kindergarteners and Young 5's came out to join the fun with the Trees for Troops 2010 Loading Event on December 1st.
2009 Trees for Troops: Over 1000 West Michigan trees loaded onto 4 FedEx Trailers at Wahmhoff Farms Nursery in Gobles, Michigan and were delivered to Fort Sill in OK, Fort Riley in KS, and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. 
2008 Trees for Troops: Ed Sackley of US Congressman Fred Upton's office, Michigan's Senator Ron Jelinek, Michigan's State Representative Tonya Schuitmaker, Mary Judnich of US Senator Debbie Stabenow's office, and Army National Guard Specialist Roger Grim.
  

"There's no way that Trees for Troops would be the success it is today without all of our supporters. Our only wish is that each and every one of you who donates a tree, or coordinates a pick-up, or collects consumer donations could see the joy that this program brings to the military recipients who benefit from it. When you see families lined up for blocks to pick up their tree, or the joy in their eyes when the FedEx truck arrives, or a child picking out their tree for the first time, it suddenly becomes worth it, and you suddenly forget all the hassles and frustrations that sometimes occur in putting together a program of this magnitude."  -- Becky Rasmussen, National Christmas Tree Association

Check out the Trees for Troops Facebook page to see pictures and read the heartfelt thank you messages, or visit the Trees for Troops Web site at www.treesfortroops.org.

 

History of Trees for Troops

For several years, Christmas tree growers had been providing free trees for charitable purposes. In the 1990s, some organized efforts started through which trees were given to National Guard units and other military personnel who were deployed in peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo and other regions of the world.

Then, in early in 2005, the National Christmas Tree Association developed two concepts:

  • Create the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to advance the spirit of Christmas year-round for kids, families and the environment.
  • Develop plans for a national Trees for Troops program that could unify the individual programs of tree growers and state Christmas tree associations.

To-date, the Trees for Troops program has exceeded expectations and continues to grow with the generous support from many involved.

Donations and Trees purchased for Trees for Troops are Tax Deductible. To donate a Christmas tree valued at $75 for $25, click this link: $25 Donation - Trees for Troops - DONATE A CHRISTMAS TREE!

Web sites:  www.treesfortroops.org. and www.christmasspiritfoundation.org. Visitors to these sites can view photos/video of the program, leave a message for the troops and donate to the Christmas Spirit Foundation.  You can also go to this web site: www.LetsSayThanks.com and pick out a Thank You card for a soldier:  Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier serving overseas.  It is FREE and it only takes a few minutes. What a great way to show support for our troops!


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