Troops to receive trees for Christmas cheer

Troops to receive trees for Christmas cheer

TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - A Tift County tree farm is helping service men, women and their families get in the holiday spirit. Soldiers lifted and loaded more than 100 trees onto trailers at the Brumby and White Christmas tree farm Thursday.

This is the seventh year the tree farm owners say they have participated in the Trees for Troops program. Each year their tree donations grow for the cause.

"We started in, what was it? 2007?," Mike Brumby asked his business partner of 35 years. "7, yep. We gave and they ordered 25 trees. Now we're up to 150," answered J.H. White.

Each tree is sent to different units around Georgia, to the men and women that serve our country and may be in need of some Christmas cheer.

"This time of year it's always more difficult for some people, especially those that are less fortunate," said Captain Nathan Wilson, Executive officer Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

A note is attached to each tree, leaving a personalized note of thanks and holiday well wishes for the families that will receive them.

Those who organized the giving event, say it's important these troops and their families, facing obstacles like PTSD, deployment, or financial woes get a chance to celebrate this special time of year.

"It brings a smile across their face. You know, that somebody is looking out for them and somebody is thinking of them," said Shannon Giddens, Family Readiness Chairsperson. "It really puts a big smile on their face," added Tommy Treadway, American Legion Post 21.

All of the trees are expected to be delivered by the end of the week. Brumby and White say their tree farm carries the highest number for donated trees throughout the state. They plan to keep growing those numbers as long as they can bring the Christmas spirit to those who sacrifice for our country.

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