WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The Miami Valley is sending season’s greetings to a Mississippi naval base.
For its eleventh season, Grandma’s Gardens is collecting donations for the Trees for Troops initiative.
The program started in 2005 as a partnership between the Christmas Spirit Foundation and FedEx, delivering free, farm-grown Christmas trees to U.S. military members and their families.
Grandma’s Gardens signed on as a Trees for Troops location in 2008, to help boost morale and spread Christmas spirit to those service members spending the holiday away from family.
“It’s hard to even imagine that they might be alone for Christmas, that they might have children with them that might not have daddy or mommy with them because they’ve been deployed,” said Marybeth Taggart, the advertising manager for Grandma’s Gardens.
Each year, the Waynesville garden center aims to pack a FedEx truck with 100 trees for a military base. This year the donations will go to the U.S. Naval Air Base in Meridian, Mississippi. Taggart said the annual tradition has become a community effort.
“I think families really enjoy it, too,” she explained. “And it teaches the children how to share the spirit of the season.”
Through December 2nd, anyone looking to participate can donate $30 dollars at Grandma’s Gardens for one tree and add a personalized note. You can learn more here.
In 2017, Trees for Troops delivered its 200,000th tree.