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‘Trees for Troops’ program helps military families

The Culpeper community will be able to help military families who are not able to afford a Christmas tree this holiday season.

The Friends of the Culpeper County Library have partnered with Glengary Tree Farm as part of the Trees for Troops program which is sponsored by the Virginia Christmas Tree Association, The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx.

Glengary Tree Farm is providing labor and transportation of the trees from Grayson County to Culpeper. Each 6 foot Frasier Fur is $30.00, grown in Virginia and delivered to military families located at either Fort Belvoir or Quantico. Fifteen dollars goes toward paying for the tree and $15 goes to the Friends for their sponsorship.

Last holiday season, more than 19,300 trees were delivered to over 70 military bases. This brought the total to more than 100,000 Christmas trees delivered since the beginning of the program in 2005.

“Trees for Troops” is a great program and is a win-win-win situation for everyone involved,” says Christmas SPIRIT Foundation Chair Nigel Manley, a Christmas tree grower in Bethlehem, N.H. “Christmas tree growers love doing something for a cause, the military is appreciative of what they receive and FedEx makes it so easy for everyone involved.”

The collection and delivery of trees will take place from the end of November through the beginning of December, so sign up to donate your tree now. Come into the Library and pick up your Christmas ball from the tree to give to one of our local service members that are less fortunate. You can even send a note to a service member and it will be attached to the tree.
For more info, call the Library at 825-8691.

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