West Michigan Tree Growers Sending Christmas Trees To Troops

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GOBLES, Mich. — Thanks to local tree growers, hundreds of servicemen and women will be able to celebrate the holidays.

Wahmhoff Farms, located in Gobles, will donate leftover Christmas trees to our troops as part of the “Trees for Troops” program.

On Dec. 3, volunteers loaded 406 trees that will travel to Fort Knox in Kentucky.

Earlier this year, the White House recognized the effort as part of “Joining Forces Community Challenge,” which honors people and groups who help military families.

In 2011, troops received more than 1,900 trees as part of Trees for Troops.

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  • Aurelio

    This is a waste of taxpayer dollars/military spending. It cost more to transport the trees than to grow them. Why donate the trees anyhow? Fort Knox going broke? Those trucks should be hauling food or supplies, something important, not holiday decorations. You don't need a christmas tree to celebrate Christmas. (Besides, I think they have Christmas trees in Kentucky).

    • Becky

      Just to clarify – no taxpayer or military dollars are being spent on this effort. All of the trees are donated by Christmas Tree growers/retailers across the United States, and FedEx donates all of the shipping and logistics. A Christmas Tree may not be required for a celebration, but our hope is that these trees make the holidays a little brighter for our military families. We know it's such a small token, but it's our way of saying thanks as an industry for their service and sacrifice. Merry Christmas!

  • Aurelio

    Where is the military using these decorations at? Do army barracks have space for Christmas trees? Who's paying for the disposal of them afterwards? These seems like an effort of good intentions that have bad consequences. Christmas trees are a large bulky objects that require a lot of resources/personnel, etc expended long after the item is donated. There's got to be a better way to help military families. Send them a $10 debit card or something….

  • Mark

    "donate leftover Christmas trees to our troops as part of the “Trees for Troops” program. On Dec. 3, volunteers loaded 406 trees that will travel to Fort Knox in Kentucky."

    Seems a little early to consider the trees leftovers. Why not sell them with a $10 mark-up and send gift cards to the servicemen families.

  • Aurelio

    I suspect the real story here is: Christmas Tree growers, one week after Thanksgiving, expects lower 2012-2013 sales, gives hundreds of trees to the U.S. Department of Defense. Petitions Dept of Agriculture for relief.

  • Heather

    I'm not so sure cutting a tree down and then donating it is a virtuous deed. Wouldn't more good be to have the trees grow into a forest for generations to enjoy, and nature!

  • Josh

    This many trees being donated, especially this time of year, is suppressing the economy. Keep in mind, that servicemen do get salaries, and instead of using their expendable income towards buying a christmas tree at their local retailer, who really could use the buisness, they are being given a hand-out which helps no one.

  • Jim

    This gotta be a "Mom" thing, because my mom asked me if I was putting a christmas tree in my dorm room, when I said NO she offered to send one to me.

  • Susan

    What is wrong with you negative people? Are you really that jaded? This sounds like a beautiful program to say thanks to these soldiers. Costs you nothing all you Scrooges.