Local Christmas tree business to participate in ‘Trees for Troops’Chub Lake Tree Farm in Carlton is doing more than just providing fresh, fragrant Christmas trees for area residents’ holiday enjoyment this year.
Chub Lake Tree Farm in Carlton is doing more than just providing fresh, fragrant Christmas trees for area residents’ holiday enjoyment this year. Once again, Chub Lake Tree Farm is planning to participate in a national effort called “Trees for Troops,” which hopes to provide 15,000 live Christmas trees to military families on bases across the United States, as well as an international shipment to military bases overseas.
In previous years, Jim and Bev Whorton, owners of Chub Lake Tree Farm, have joined with other Christmas tree farmers and retailers in donating their own trees for the “Trees for Troops” program.
In the past, the Christmas Spirit Foundation, the charitable branch of the National Christmas Tree Association,” received many inquiries from the public asking how they could help support the United States troops and their families. And so, the “Trees for Troops” program got under way in 2005, making it possible for consumers to participate.
This year Chub Lake Tree Farm has again agreed to be a collection site for donated trees. You can participate by purchasing a six-foot, $25 tree at the farm, located at 1867 E. Chub Lake Rd., Carlton. That tree will be part of a truckload leaving this area and will be delivered to a military family in the United States. Last year the trees from this area went to Camp LeJuene, N.C.
Cards will be available for personal messages to accompany the trees. Those interested in helping out are encouraged to come to Chub Lake Tree Farm during “Trees for Troops Weekend” on Friday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 6, and purchase a tree for a military family who will be spending Christmas away from home.
If those wishing to participate who might find it inconvenient to come to the farm at that time, donations will be accepted at any time by phone at 218-384-4549, with payment to be made by credit card (Mastercard, Visa or Discover).
The Whortons said they want to extend a special thanks to FedEx, who donates the shipping of the trees. FedEx will bring a large trailer to the Chub Lake Tree Farm for loading and then provide transportation to the final destination. Since 2005, FedEx has logged more than 144,000 over-the-road miles to deliver trees.
Also, members of the local National Guard Unit, C Troop, 1-94 Cavalry, plan to donate their time to help with tree loading.
“Jim and I are very happy to help you become involved in this effort,” said Bev. “We are committed to loading 100-plus trees again this year (last year’s total was 120!). Also, for each tree consumers purchase for this program, we will donate $5 to The Christmas Spirit Foundation to assist with implementation of this program and others for kids, families and the environment.”
When the Trees for Troops program first started in 2005, some 4,300 Christmas trees were provided to military families at five bases in the United States and overseas. The numbers have grown since then. In 2008, some 17,000 trees were sent to military families at 53 bases in the United States and overseas. In all, the Christmas Spirit Foundation and FedEx have delivered over 34,000 live Christmas trees to 17 countries.
For more information on the Trees for Troops program, visit www.chublaketreefarm.com or www.christmasspiritfoundation.com.