Trees leave South GA, headed for the troops

Trees leave South GA, headed for the troops

CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - For the 11th straight year, veterans across the country and overseas receive Christmas trees thanks to trees for troops.

One farm in Crisp County has participated every year, saying it's a great way to show their appreciation.

 They sent off about 50 trees this year, destined to homes all over the place. The farm and veterans alike say it's something they look forward to every year.

The trees are loaded up with a special note on each one. Personalized thank you letters are on each one, a small way these people thank our veterans.

"It's very important to us to support our military and show our appreciation for what they do every day and making sacrifices to keep us free," said Lynn Chavarria with Southern Christmas Tree farm.

A farm that Jack Murray started in the 1940s, Southern Christmas Trees teamed up with Trees for Troops in 2005 and ships off as many as 200 trees to veterans across the world each year.

"We get people that come back to our farm and tell us how much it meant to them. Especially being away and hearing from home and knowing that people care and appreciate them," said Chavarria.

The Carsons are one of those families, receiving a tree in 2010 while Joseph worked in the National Guard.

"This year, we pulled this tag out and did some research and we realized that this tree was from Southern Christmas tree farms," said Joseph Carson.

Immediately, they decided to reach out to the farm, and also made a commitment to get their tree here every year.

"It meant a lot. It was certainly a wonderful thanks from the people that we protect and serve on a daily basis," said Joseph Carson.
"It was truly a blessing to know that there's people out there that support my husband and our family," said his wife, Lee Carson.

And that's just the kind of reaction that this farm wants. "That just makes us want to do more," said Chavarria.

The farm also donates a live tree to the Cordele American Legion Post every year.

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