TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Nearly 200 Christmas trees will soon be in the homes of military families, thanks to dozens of Georgia National Guard soldiers. The soldiers volunteered Thursday, loading the trees onto trucks.
One by one, National Guard soldiers from Tifton and Cordele loaded each Christmas tree onto the trucks.
"All of our soldiers in the National Guard enjoy helping each other and helping their fellow citizens in the state of Georgia, so this is just an extension of that. And they are having fun," said General Joe Jarrard Georgia's Adjutant General.
Soldiers volunteering their day, with permanent smiles on their faces, because they know these trees will go to those who need them most.
"We're having the happy experience of donating 170 trees to the Georgia Army National Guard," said Mike Brumby Co-Owner White Tree Farm.
Brumby says this is their ninth year participating in the Trees for Troops Program, providing Christmas trees to military families in 22 counties in Southwest Georgia.
"We've got a little over 100 soldiers deployed right now and also about 200 air guardsmen that are mobilized this Christmas holiday. So this will be especially appreciated by those families who have loved ones that aren't with them this holiday," said Jarrard.
And with donations from American Legion, local churches, Army National Guard Family Services, and other volunteers in the community, they're able to donate more trees than ever before, General Joe Jarrard says programs like this remind citizens what to be thankful for this holiday.
"Freedom isn't free. So it's important that people continue to remember those that are standing on the front line and those that wear the uniform that fight for that freedom."
All one hundred seventy Christmas trees will be delivered to military families this weekend.