Trees For Troops at Ellms' Family Tree Farm
Since 2005, Ellms' Christmas Tree Farm has been donating Real Christmas Trees as part of the nationwide Trees for Troops program, sponsored by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx Corp.
This holiday season, Trees for Troops is expected to collect and deliver 15,000 to 17,000 Real Christmas Trees from 27 states to military families across the United States, as well as to soldiers serving overseas. New this year, consumers will also have the opportunity to purchase trees to donate to the program at nearly 40 FedEx trailer drop locations across the nation.
Ellms' Christmas Tree Farm has been the FedEx pickup point for eastern New York State since the start of the program.
"Over the last 2 years I have been very involved in the Trees For Troops program," said Chip Ellms from Ellms' Christmas Trees. "We want our troops to be able to experience the holiday season with a Real Christmas Tree."
The Trees for Troops program was launched in 2005, and with the help of FedEx Corp., delivered more than 4,300 Christmas Trees to five U.S. military bases, as well as an overseas shipment to the Middle East that year. In 2006, the program expanded to deliver more than 11,000 trees to 25 bases.
"Trees for Troops was a huge success," says Christmas SPIRIT Foundation chairman Nigel Manley, a Christmas Tree grower in Bethlehem, N.H. "It really resonated with our industry and the military."
The collection and delivery of trees will take place from the end of November through December. Consumers may make contributions to the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation at www.ChristmasSPIRITFoundation.org. More information is also available at www.TreesforTroops.org.
Ellms' Christmas Trees
Ellms' Family Tree Farm
468 Charlton Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020