Donating Trees for Troops

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- One by one, beautiful trees are loaded into a FedEx truck parked at Yenser's Tree Farm near Lehighton.

As Christmas approaches, the farm in Carbon County is making sure our military men and women have a tree to call their own.

It's all part of the "Trees for Troops" campaign.

"It's great to see them in person and see how it impacts them all. Getting a Christmas tree is so special to them. It comes from people's hearts and that's what matters and makes them happy," said Lt. Col. Amanda Fegley, Panther Valley ROTC.

For $25, you can give a military family in need a little touch of the holiday season.

This year, local schools, military groups, and businesses hope to donate more than 700 trees.

As you can see, this year's campaign is off to a good start.

"We appreciate our veterans and people who serve in the military. We have family who have been in the military and we just, we are thankful that we live in this amazing country and this is just a little thing that we can do, to give back a little bit," said Jan Wentz, Yenser's Tree Farm.

Every year the students write little holiday notes that they attach to the trees. The notes are simple and say Happy Holidays, it's a personal way to let the military families know they care.

The trees will be shipped to Community College of Beaver County in the Pittsburgh area, Fort Benning in Georgia and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina.

"It is really nice because they deserve it. It's a great way to thank them, especially around the holidays," said Emma Gavornik, Jim Thorpe Area High School senior.

For the past 14 years, Yenser's Tree Farm in Carbon County has been helping the "Trees for Troops" program, sending Christmas trees to military bases across the country.

 

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