What it is all about: actual
messages from U.S. Troops that received a Real Christmas Tree in
Dear FedEx and
the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation,
I live on base
in 29 Palms, Ca, home of the largest Marine Corps base in the world.
On Saturday, my kids and I waited in line with hundreds of others to
visit with Santa and receive a free tree from your organization.
I initially felt
guilty accepting such a gift b/c we have no issues with finances.
While I stood in line, however, I realized that this gift meant so
much more than a free tree. To me, our now decorated tree says,
"Thank you for your husband's two tours in Iraq" and "thanks for
living in the middle of the desert for three years." I told my kids
that the tree was a generous gift from people who think our family's
heroic. These are the thoughts that run through my head when I look
at our tree.
Dear Trees for
Troops. On behalf of the crew of Bunker Hill we are on deployment
and we wanted to thank you for the three trees we received today.
As I was trimming the trees the smell of pine filled the air and
Sailors stopped by to see and smell and were amazed that they were
We placed them
on our Mess Decks, Chief's Mess, and Wardroom. I saw people's face
light up as they saw even the trees with nothing on them. Were so
grateful for the kindness for those who made this possible. Were
proud to serve you and were thinking of home every day. We will
send you pictures after Christmas.
Peace On Earth
here; and as far as "our" story goes, the Christmas Spirit
Foundation and FedEx Folks' "Trees for Troops Program" had the most
positive impact I've seen in the history of my career with Camp
Pendleton. The energy exhibited by the FedEx volunteers and the
genuine up-front, in-your-face support for our troops was
unprecedented!! The appreciation goes well beyond words, as does the
impact for a most deserving community. We'll follow up with media
stories, etc, but today, right here and now, y'all just gotta know
you made a HUGE impact and Camp Pendleton says, OOH-RAH!!!!
My husband and i
really love this tree. We are very thankful to have gotten such a
generous gift some people who care about our troops. There are very
few people left. I personally am very happy and yet sad to receive
this tree because my husband will be shipping out soon to Iraq, so i
will be enjoying this by myself. I am proud to say that i will
continue to support this foundation and have also passed the word to
my friends and family on the other Marine bases that have this
program part of their base. Keep Up the wonderful work you guys are
personally like to thank you for the wonderful Christmas Tree you
provided. It couldn't come at a better time. I recently had my
truck stolen and times have been tough lately. It was a real
blessing when my three year old son, Mario and I received a tree
from your organization. It definitely brightened up our Holidays.
Happy Holidays and may God bless you all.
Laura and Mario
Nellis AFB, NV.
Dear Fed Ex and
the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation,
Thank you for
providing us with a wonderful Christmas Tree. I'm a newly wed and
am new to the army as well (only been in 6 months). Right now I'm
going through Infantry training @ Ft. Benning GA. This is our first
Christmas season away from home and my wife was getting a little sad
about not having a tree. Then we saw Tree For Troops sign. We
decided to stop by and check it out and found a small tree that
would fit into our hotel size room. Attached is a picture of the
tree after my wife decorated it. (kinda gives you the idea of how
small our room is too, but hey, at least we're together!)
remembering those who serve, we are grateful for it!
I wanted to take
a few minutes to let all of the tree donators know exactly what they
have done for my family and I. My husband has been in Korea for 6
months and will be gone for another 18 months. Doing any holiday
without him is very hard. However, receiving this beautiful tree
has made this Christmas so very special. Due to the expensive plane
ticket we had to pay to get him out here for Christmas we weren't
sure if we were going to be able to even get a tree. Now thanks to
all of your heartfelt donations we have a tree that is more
beautiful than I have ever seen. As I was standing in line waiting
to get the tree, I was overwhelmed and started to tear up at the
thought that people would go to these great lengths to make our
lives better. That in itself is so incredibly special. From all of
my family, I would like to thank you for the beautiful tree that has
now completed our Christmas.
Just wanted to let you know how thankful, and grateful I, my
daughter and husband are. We were worried we wouldn't be able to
afford a Christmas tree this year (our first Christmas together as a
family). But thanks to this organization, we have one.... and it is
beautiful. So, thank you!
Ft. Carson, CO
Hi there, I
just wanted to say thank you for supplying trees to the Marines on
Camp Pendleton this year. There is nothing like having a real
christmas tree in your home or in the barracks to help celebrate the
holiday. I've missed several holidays, and am lucky enough to be
home this year and celebrate Christmas with my family. Its great to
come home and see my beautiful wife sitting next to our tree. Thank
you again for making this possible, and for doing something that can
seem so arbitrary to some but so meaningful to others.
We just wanted
to say thank you for supplying us with a Christmas Tree. We have
just arrived at our first duty station at Fort Lewis WA about 3
weeks ago. We have been moved in our home a little over one week and
I worked hard to get our home put together so we could feel like we
were home. It was such a joy to have a tree as we didn't think we
would be able to get one. This is the first time we are away from
family and putting up the tree made us feel so much better. You
have brought delight to our holiday.
I just wanted to
thank you for the donation of all the trees. I know that had
brightened up alot of families this year. I know it did for my
family...We had a fake one that our cats desides to destroy... my 3
yr old son was devestated that we had to take it down and that we
couldnt afford a 2nd tree... a friend told us about the TREES FOR
TROOPS and we went and got one... we had a hard time choosing one we
liked, there were alot we liked, my husband say ok trenton (our son)
pick one for the house and he did, and its perfect... here is a
picture of it... my cats for some reason wont go near this one, so
thats a good thing... THANK YOU SOOO VERY MUCH, you have brought
the christmas spirit back into this house for our family, but more
so for a little boy...
I just wanted to
thank you for the wonderful tree. My husband is currently deployed
to OIF. We do not have any children and so there are few reasons
for me to get into the holiday spirit. When I heard of your program
here at Fort Lewis I was able to get a tree. It is one thing to go
buy a tree or cut one down, but it makes it very special knowing
that my tree was donated with love. Thank you for your program. It
does make a difference in peoples lives.
What a great
idea!! I never knew this program existed until my husband brought a
tree home to me as a surprise! I think it is wonderful that FedEx is
organizing this program and even more wonderful that so many are
donating to the cause.
love our tree! It was very crooked, but we fixed that….it's just a
The smell is all
about the house, and the lights cast a nice glow onto the base
housing "egg-shell white" walls.
called and sent a card, but thank you to the Donelson's of Sand
Country Christmas Trees in Clear Lake, Minnesota for their generous
You've made a
lot of people happy here at Scott AFB in Illinois.
Cyndi & Doug
Scott AFB, IL
We are sincerely
grateful for all those who participated in donating trees for
troops. Last year we spent our Christmas separated from one another
(dual military members) and our families. This year we received a
beautiful 6ft tree from Trees for Troops at Ft Campbell. Our family
will enjoy this special time together with our daughter, friends and
family around this beautiful tree and wanted to express our deepest
gratitude for all those who have volunteered their time, services
and money to make our holiday special.
Thank you and
Jimmy & Dee
FT Campbell, KY
Dear Trees for
I just wanted to
thank you for the beautiful christmas tree. My husband is currently
depoyed in Kuwait and it made all the difference that we were
thought about during the holiday season with the tree donation. Our
tree colors were purple and silver, and although my husband was not
able to trim the tree with us (we have a 6 year old son), he was
overwhelmed to hear that we received our very first "live" tree
through your donation. I pray that you will continue this program
and I hope that it will bring joy to other lives as this tree as
been for us.
P.S. My pictures
did not come out very well.
I'm sorry that I
forgot to get a picture but our tree from Tree For Troops was
beautiful!! And what blessing! My husband is a geograhical
bachelor stationed in Pennsylvania while the kids and I stay at Fort
Gordon. We have a "fake" tree that is huge, but right after my
husband's last visit home in October I realized that I wasn't going
to be able to put up the Christmas tree by myself because the box
was on a high shelf and way too big and heavy for me to handle. I
told the kids we would have to wait until Dad got home on December
19th to get the tree set up. We were all disappointed. On December
8 I was on Fort Gordon getting my boys' hair cut and the barber had
a small real tree in her shop. She told me she got it from Tree for
Troops and where they were set up. I had thought to myself that if
I could find a small real tree for sale somewhere I would get it for
the boys. We went right over to where the soldiers were giving away
trees. I told them I wanted a small tree but they talked me into
one about 8 ft tall!! I could barely pick it up but I could tell it
would be gorgeous. They loaded it in my van and we were off.
Getting that thing set up in the house was a huge undertaking for me
but worth every bit of trouble! It was well-shaped and smelled
awesome. The boys and I decorated it but left the star off for
Daddy to put on top. Somehow we managed to keep it a secret from
him and boy was he surprised when he got home! He thought he was
going to have to put up that fake tree one more time. You know
what? That fake tree is gone! We donated it to Goodwill. No more
fake trees for us! We will be looking for Trees for Troops next
year! Thank you so much. That tree was the highlight of our
Christmas Season. God is good....all the time.
We have been in
the Air Force for 20 years. It is the first Christmas without our
two boys. Our oldest, who is 23, is also in the Air Force stationed
at Ramstein AB in Germany. Our youngest son, 19, is currently going
to college and is spending his Christmas break in Germany with his
brother and sister-in-law.
was quite a surprise when they announced that these trees were
available. Brenda and I always go out each year and buy a fresh
Christmas tree. This really helped to make our Christmas a joyful
one, with our boys overseas. We had not yet bought one and this
happened at the right time.
We still have it
up in the living room. We are leaving it up for Matthew, our
youngest, so he can open his Christmas gifts before going back to
college. We have had it up 3 weeks and it is still drinking plenty
of water. It is a very nice blue spruce. This is the first year we
have ever had a blue spruce and we will definitely get another one
Attached are a
couple of pictures, some of the tree and one of our family in
Once again thank
you so much for thinking of the military this time of year. We do
really appreciate it.
Luke and Brenda
Dear Trees For
I can't tell you
what a difference the tree sent by Teresa in Buffalo, NY made here
in Baghdad. We were sent various decorations from family and
friends, but the real Christmas tree made our little office seem
I work with a
bunch of Navy Officers and Sailors on loan to the Army for a year of
duty here. Although we normally serve on ships, submarines and in
planes, our contribution to the effort here has been a career
milestone to most of us. Knowing that all of you are not only
thinking about us, but are showing your appreciation in such a
giving way makes what we do all the more worthwhile!
From the guys
and gals at Joint CREW Composite Squadron ONE, thank you and may all
of your holidays be a little brighter knowing that you made a
difference in our lives.
Best wishes and
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