CORDELE, GA (WALB) - "Trees for Troops" is preparing to send hundreds of Christmas trees to U.S. military members and their families for the holidays.
The Southern Christmas Tree Farms in Cordele have been donating trees for years and years.
"These trees are shipped to over 65 different military bases across the world," said Lynn Chavarria with Southern Christmas Tree Farms.
"It means a lot to us to be able to thank them for our freedom and for all they've done for us by giving them a Christmas tree at Christmas," she said.
Tuesday was FedEx driver Frank Quaglietta's second year at participating in the program. He picked up dozens of trees that will end up bringing holiday spirit to troops homes.
"I really enjoy it. I like helping out," said Quaglietta.
It's extra special for him. He served our country in Vietnam.
"It's touching, that people really want to help," he said. "I just wish more people would give in other areas, because the troops can always use our help."
The Christmas Spirit Foundation partners with FedEx for Trees for Troops.
Southern Christmas Tree Farms was one of the first growers involved. It was once owned by Bill Murray, Chavarria's father. He passed away earlier this year.
"He has always been patriotic, and he was a vet himself," said Chavarria. "For over 30 years now, he and our farm have donated to the military in different ways."
Chavarria said the first year they have hosted a Trees for Troops pickup without her dad has extra special meaning.
"It's tearful at times to think the sacrifice that people make for us and we're making such a small one by donating a Christmas tree," she said.
You can donate a tree for a military family any time.
The farm owners just ask for around a $30 or $35 donation.