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These messages from Trees for Troops recipients will warm your heart

UAE treeslg.jpeg Imagine a smiling group of U.S. soldiers gathered around a Christmas tree that was grown on an American farm and shipped to arrive fresh and green somewhere on the other side of the world, just in time for Christmas. Or, imagine a military spouse and children sharing joyous memories of Christmas through the gift of a free, real Christmas tree while their family member is away serving our country. Trees for Troops makes this vision a reality!

The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx made this program a reality for the first time in 2005. That year, the program was organized in only 45 days and delivered 4,300 live Christmas trees to families at five military bases in the U.S. and overseas. Now, with the generous help of FedEx, we distribute 16,000-17,000 trees each year.

Hiring our Heroes

...Our company employs numerous veterans including FedEx founder and chairman, Frederick W. Smith, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Each year we participate in several events to support our troops. Since 2005, we’ve helped transport Christmas trees to our military as part of the Trees for Troops program. This election season, FedEx is proud to continue our partnership with the Overseas Vote Foundation to provide voter services for our military service members....

FedEx Military Dad Delivers Trees For Troops

DSC_0218.JPG I was honored when FedEx asked me and my wife to be part of the Trees for Troops team that would deliver Christmas trees to Fort Polk. How could we refuse seeing my son and his buddies? It was an honor to give back to our military by being a FedEx Freight team member who delivered Christmas trees to one of the 60+ U.S. bases through the Trees for Troops program.

Steaks for Soldiers

If you ask Ralph Perkuhn, Senior Training Specialist for FedEx Express in the Western Region about his recent vacation, he will tell you he took a few days off in April to volunteer for the Steak Team Mission in Afghanistan. He will also humbly explain how this story is not about him. It’s about the marines. If these guys are willing to put their lives on the line for our country, Ralph and the other volunteers for the Steak Mission Team feel the least they can do- is to offer these soldiers with a “taste of home.”

Coffee provided as a small way to thank overseas soldiers

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We live and work next to the military airfield (busiest single runway airport of the world) in Kandahar, Southern Afghanistan. The amenities of normal life are painfully missing. Good air, tolerable temperature, tasty food, alcohol, and personal privacy are just non-existent. We work around the clock every day, no days off, to save lives of local civilian and military, and our own. We see death, pain and destroyed lives several times on each day.

The only luxury we have is good coffee thanks to a man in Connecticut and shipping donated by FedEx. The First Congregational Church started an unusual ministry 5 years ago to chaplains: sending them coffee and coffee makers into the war zone.