About Trees for Troops
Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, provides free, farm-grown Christmas Trees to United States armed forces members in all branches of the military and their families, through donations, sponsorships, grants and the work of many volunteers. Review our Trees for Troops Fast Facts for more. Christmas Tree growers have been providing free trees for military families for years. In 2005, FedEx contacted the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable branch of the National Christmas Tree Association, and wanted to be involved in the foundation’s mission. Together the two organizations expanded the idea of providing Christmas Trees to military families, and Trees for Troops was born. Since 2005, more than 208,720 free, farm-grown Christmas Trees have been provided to troops and military families in the United States and overseas through Trees for Troops. Thousands of trees are donated by American farm families and the public, and FedEx delivers these trees to more than 63 military bases in the U.S. and overseas. FedEx has logged more than 800,000 ground miles for the Trees for Troops program.
In 2012, Trees for Troops was honored at the White House as a top 20 national finalist in the Joining Forces Community Challenge, an initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to recognize organizations that provide exemplary service and support to military families.
In 2017, Trees for Troops was honored to win The Department of Defense - Spirit of Hope Award. Trees for Troops was nominated for the award by the U.S. Coast Guard. The award is given annually by each branch of the military to groups that epitomize Bob Hope's values of patriotism, loyalty, freedom and dedication. Winning this award was a highlight of the season.
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About the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation
The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that works to recognize and support the true spirit of Christmas for U.S. troops and military families through the Trees for Troops program. The foundation was established in 2005 as the charitable branch of the National Christmas Tree Association, a nonprofit trade association for the farm-grown Christmas Tree industry. Review our Christmas SPIRIT Foundation Fast Facts for more. In addition to Trees for Troops, the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation has provided various past programs, including college scholarships, online curriculum for teachers, hurricane relief and recycling programs. The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation has been awarded the “Best in America” seal of excellence by the Independent Charities of America. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, CSF is a member of the Combined Federal Campaign, the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support CSF and other eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.