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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –For many families, Christmas wouldn't be complete without a beautiful and bright Christmas tree. Farmer Bill Murray knows just how important a tree can be for a family.

"I've been growing Christmas trees since 1950 that's 59 years," said Bill Murray, owner of Southern Christmas Tree Nursery and Plantation.

For three years Bill Murray has participated in the Trees for Troops program and he says it brings back memories of when he was in the service.

"Any acknowledgment with what these troops are trying to do, they deserve it," said Murray.

Murray was in the Navy during world war two and says around the holiday times things get tough for some.

"It sure does feel good because I was over there once in 1945 to 1946 and it sure is good to get anything from home," said Murray.

This morning the Army National Guard drove more than 100 miles from Fort Benning to Crisp County where they picked up 100 trees for military families in Georgia.

"They are very happy to get them and a lot of them they need them, you know hard times going on right now so we support them," said Sgt. Charles Mays.

Murray and his family spent more than an hour in freezing temperatures helping the men load up 100 Christmas trees onto a massive army truck.

"We got about 100 on this load and about half of them are sponsored by either businesses or people," said Murray.

Service men with the national guard say any military family can come get one and for some, it will be very emotional.

"We already told a couple families and they had tears come to their eyes," said Mays.

Soldiers say a program such as this is meaningful to military families all over the world.

"We just thank you very much from the Georgia National Guard the families are very happy to have help," said Mays.

This year the trees for troops program hopes to deliver 15,000 trees to military service members and families all over the world.

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