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Indiana Farms Sending Christmas Trees To Troops

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Gretchen Frazee
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An Indiana tree farm is packing up 200 Christmas trees to send to troops serving overseas. Farms throughout the state bring trees to Dull’s Tree Farm in Thorntown, where volunteers put them in boxes and load them into FedEx trucks. Dull’s has participated in the Trees for Troops program for nine years.

“It’s just a small way that I can give back,” said Owner Tom Dull. “I was never in the military, but I am thankful for those that are because I take advantage of all the freedoms that they provide for me. And, so, this is just a small way that I’m able to help bring a little bit of Christmas spirit to them overseas.”

Farms donate the trees, volunteers donate their time and FedEx ships the trees for free.

Sgt. First Class Jeff Lauderdale served in Iraq and said being able to participate in a tradition like putting up a Christmas tree brings troops some holiday cheer.

“It lets you know that people remember you, they care about you, and they want to see that your well-being is being taken care of,” he said.

Internationally, FedEx plans to deliver about 17,000 trees to 60 military bases.

“Myself, I’m a veteran, retired military, so it’s extra special for me,” said FedEx Senior Safety Specialist Kevin Connelly. “I served overseas, so things like this really help the morale of the troops overseas.”

The trees will be delivered to troops serving in Afghanistan and other areas in the coming weeks.