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Everyone Deserves a Real Tree at Christmas ~ Trees for Troops


It was June 2011 and I was just told that my new duty station was going to be Fort Carson, Colorado. My family and I relocated in July and I found out later that month that I was about 2 months pregnant. Fast forward to October, I was going through early labor (very early as I was only 5 months) and was placed on complete bed rest. That meant no getting out of bed, no excuses, unless it was to use the bathroom.

This is a sponsored post for Tree for Troops. All opinions are my own.

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Christmas was fast approaching and we were in a strange place, separated thousands of miles from family and friends. It was quite a lonely existence, however, one of the things that I have come to love about the military is that your unit becomes your family. There's a reason that we're all so close and look out for each other, but that's another story. This was going to be our first Christmas in Colorado, but with me being on bedrest, it also meant that I couldn't go out and find the perfect tree for my family. Luckily, my unit came to my rescue with Trees for Troops, a program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to members of all branches of the United States military and their families.

I remember the day I got the phone call from my sergeant letting me know that the unit had secured a ticket for my husband to collect a Christmas tree for my family. A REAL Christmas tree!! All he had to do was show up, choose his tree, and they'd be there to help him deliver our tree to the house. It genuinely meant a great deal to me and even now as I'm typing this, the tears are forming. When you are in a strange place, surrounded by strangers, especially when you have kids, you want them to experience Christmas as they've grown accustomed to, including the tree and the presents. Trees for Troops totally made our Christmas that year, and for that I'm eternally grateful.


It's been a few years, but I will never forget our first Christmas in Colorado. Since 2005 when the Trees for Troops program began, with the support of FedEx, over 191,000 real Christmas trees have been provided to military personnel and their families, and their goal for this year is to donate 17,000 trees which will surpass the 200,000th tree being delivered.

On October 26th, 2017, Trees for Troops was the recipient of the 2017 Spirit of Hope Award and was honored at the U.S. Pentagon. This award recognizes current and former military members, civilians, and organizations that epitomize the values of patriotism, loyalty, freedom and dedication to the United States, and it was a well deserved one.


So why real trees? 
It's fun finding the perfect tree for the holidays. It's one experience that your family can look forward to, and it's an experience that cannot be duplicated when you purchase an artificial tree. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, so they are much friendlier to the environment. Also, they provide business for farmers who depend on the income for their families, and for every real tree harvested, one new tree is planted. Trees for Troops wants everyone to "Keep it Real" this holiday season by celebrating with real Christmas trees.

How can you get involved with Trees for Troops? 
You can help make a magical Christmas experience for a military family  by making a monetary donation at TreesForTroops.org, or by visiting a participating tree farm location during the weekend of December 1-3, 2017. There you can purchase a real tree and place it on a waiting FedEx truck to be delivered to a military base the following week.


So donate and bring a smile to a military family face this Christmas, a family who may be missing their relatives, or even their significant others who may be currently deployed. After all, everyone deserves to have a special Christmas with a real tree.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Trees for Troops.

Annmarie John
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  1. There is such a neat idea. I love a beautiful Christmas tree.

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  2. This sounds like such a great program and I am sure it will put a smile on a lot of faces. I will have to see if we have any tree farm locations in our area. Catherine S

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  3. I love this! It's amazing how something as simple as a tree covered in ornaments can have such a profound effect on our lives.

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  4. Wow, I had no idea that trees for troops existed. This really is wonderful, I am glad that we can get involved too. I am honestly happy to hear more about your life, glad you are sharing some more tidbits :)

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  5. Wow! That was moving, especially since your unit came together to make Christmas happen for you. I'm glad that there's a program like this for our military, especially those who are unable to find trees for themselves.

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  6. That is such a sweet thing to do. I'm glad you were still able to setup a tree that year! It's a lovely way to make the family more at home especially since you were new to the place. This program is very lovely.

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  7. This is very a meaningful act to all soldiers and vets. I really love the idea. Wish you and your unit all success and happiness

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  8. I have never heard of Trees for Troops beforehand. A real Christmas tree is our one non-negotiable Christmas tradition. It's just not the same with an artificial treee. This is a great organization.

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  9. Trees for Troops sounds like an amazing program. Seeing your tree is getting me excited to decorate for the Holidays.

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  10. It warms my hear to hear about this program. I love hearing about the holidays being brought to our hard working troops.

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  11. Now that's just awesome! I had no idea this sort of thing existed! Glad to have learned about it!

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  12. What a beautiful program this is! Everyone deserves a tree at Christmas and I am so happy your family didn't go without that year. I am checking now to see if we have a tree farm location near me and will be sure to encourage my family and friends to shop through them to help give back.

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  13. This is so wonderful, you're so right everyone does deserve a tree at Christmas. What a worthy cause.

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  14. This is so amazing, a real christmas tree :) The idea behind it is so amazing, supporting the farmers and making out lives more beautiful.

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  15. This is such an amazing and awesome idea! What a blessing and I absolutely agree... everyone deserves a tree at Christmas time.... Shell

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  16. Wow this Trees for Troops is such an amazing idea. This is really a wonderful program for Troops, I love that beautiful real Christmas Tree. Awesome Idea!

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  17. This is such a great idea, i agree everyone deserves a real Christmas tree to make more fun and blessing.

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  18. WOw!! What a smart and creative idea is this. I totally agree that everyone needs a real Christmas tree because this is once a once a year experience. and I think this is such an amazing cause and support for the farmers.

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  19. First, thank you for your service. Second, what a GREAT program. I can imagine a lot of people in the military feel the disconnect and pain of being away from their families during the holiday season-- this is a great way for them to still have a Christmas.

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  20. Thanks for shedding light on Trees for Troops. That makes it even more meaningful when we get a tree :)

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  21. Thanks for shedding light on Trees for Troops! It makes our tree buying during the holidays even more meaningful.

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  22. I remember when I was a kid we got a couple of real christmas tree. The pine in the house really smells amazing!

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  23. Christmas trees are one of the decors that gives the spirit of Christmas season. Haven't tried real trees.

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  24. That's beautiful.
    I never had a Christmas tree as a kid, but we go all out now. There's nothing like it! It warms the heart for over a month here.

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