BALLSTON SPA, NY (12/01/2019) (readMedia)-- Volunteers from the New York Army and Air National Guard join with Capital District area veterans at Ellms Tree Farm on Monday, December 2 to help load about 125 Christmas trees being donated and sent to military bases around the country to support troops and military families this holiday season.
This marks the 15th year of military members volunteering their time to assist in the loading of trees destined for fellow service members and their families around the country and around the world.
WHO: Soldiers and Airmen from the New York National Guard volunteer their time from work to assist other veterans with the loadout of holiday trees at Ellms Tree Farm for Trees for Troops.
WHAT: Loading of about 125 Christmas Trees on Fed Ex trucks for the 2019 "Trees for Troops" Program
WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday, December 2.
WHERE: Ellms Family Tree Farm, 468 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, N.Y., 12020
Video and images of the volunteers loading trees into the FedEx truck. There will be opportunities to speak with Sally and Chip Ellms, local veterans and National Guard volunteers.
This year marks the 15th season that Trees for Troops will be loaded at Ellms Tree Farm. Pickup begins nationwide on December 2 with delivery of trees to military installations later in December.
In New York, donated trees will arrive at the National Guard's Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill on December 5 and Fort Drum on December 6.
The Trees for Troops program was launched in 2005, and with the help of FedEx Corp., delivered more than 4,300 Christmas Trees to five U.S. military bases in its initial year, as well as an overseas shipment to the Middle East that year. More information is also available at www.TreesforTroops.org.
Volunteers from the National Guard have supported the loading of trees to mark their individual support of the program for fellow Soldiers and Airmen serving overseas.
Members of the Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia are deployed over the holidays every year in support of Operation Deep Freeze, the National Science Foundation support to research in Antarctica. Other members of the New York Army National Guard will mobilize after the holidays for deployment to Kuwait this winter.
Each year, thousands of trees are donated by Christmas Tree growers and consumers. FedEx and its team members generously provide shipping to bases in the U.S. and overseas, through FedEx Express air operations and the FedEx Freight trucking network.
Trees for Troops delivered 225,319 trees to servicemen and women over the last 14 years. More than 800 different real Christmas tree growers have contributed trees in those 14 years.
For more information about the program, contact Sally Ellms at 518-339-6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.