Free Christmas trees available to military members

Christmas tree growers in New Hampshire and Vermont have donated 450 Christmas trees to military families and U.S. bases around the world.

The trees were collected at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and Rocks Christmas Tree Farm in Bethlehem, N.H. as part of a nationwide effort called "Trees for Troops."

Trees were donated by growers, regional businesses, schools and individuals.

The trees will go to 60-plus military bases in the United States and overseas. More than 18,000 trees are expected to be donated this year.

Elsewhere, about 300 Christmas trees were to be given to members of the military free of charge at a Virginia Beach base.

The Navy says the distribution of trees to junior enlisted military families will begin on a first-come-first served basis Friday. The trees will be distributed at a recreation center at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

Worldwide, about 17,000 Christmas trees will be delivered for military families at more than 60 bases in the U.S. and overseas.

The trees are provided as part of the Trees to Troops Program. The program is a partnership between more than 750 tree growers and retailers in 28 states and the FedEx Corporation.

The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx, along with the National Christmas Tree Association, have donated 140,000 trees since 2005. Last year, more than 17,000 trees were donated.

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