This holiday season, those who give so much to their countries are getting a little something in return. Actually, in some cases, it's a pretty big something. The Trees for Troops program is spreading holiday cheer across the country this Christmas.
“You don't think it's too skinny?” It's a different kind of mission for the members of the Coast Guard and their families - picking out the perfect Christmas tree.
“I like it really wide for the kids.” This will be Petty Officer 2ND Class Miguel Resto's first Christmas in Cape May with his family, and getting to pick out the tree, free of charge, will help make it a merry one. “It's amazing being part of the Coast Guard family,” he said, examining the huge tree he picked out, “it's really amazing, the kids are gonna love it.”
“It’s so wonderful. I can't wait to spend time with my family, finally. It's been so long,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jaqueline Gulley, “It's our first time having a real tree, so I’m very blessed, very happy.”
This is the fifth year Coast Guard Training Center Cape May has participated in the Trees for Troops program, which delivers donated trees to service members and their families. “The members are either deployed or recently deployed so it's kind of a big deal to be able to provide them a Christmas tree during the holiday period,” said Lt. Commander Justin Covert with the USCG, “it just helps make their holidays that much brighter.”
To make it even more special, those who donated to Trees for Troops, making it all possible, wrote little notes that get handed out with each tree, making this just a little more personal.
“It definitely means a lot that our efforts and our sacrifices are definitely noted and people appreciate the hard work that we put in everyday,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ramon Chavez. Hard work that will now go towards decorating these trees, and celebrating a happy holiday.
“It's a beautiful tree and we can start a beautiful holiday with that.”
The Trees for Troops program, put together through the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, will deliver more than 140,000 donated trees to service members and their families this holiday season.
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