Lansdale company takes part in Trees for Troops

December 22, 2018 by  

Bustard’s Christmas Trees, in Lansdale, was the site of a Trees for Troops event late in November, according to an article in Lancaster Farming. The nationwide effort encourages people to donate Christmas trees to military personnel on active duty, and their families. Events like this are the perfect place for organizers to use banner printing to create festive decorations.

Russell Redding, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, said that simply providing a tree can bring a feeling of home to the troops, no matter where they may be. Lansdale residents and other Pennsylvanians got involved by attending the event, where they could buy a tree to be given to someone in the service.

The head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Major General Tony Carrelli, said donating a tree is a way for people to say thanks to the troops for their efforts, and to help their families have a joyous Christmas. At times, trees can be a very expensive item, and beyond a young family’s means.

The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation started the Trees for Troops effort, which is not limited to one branch of the service, but gives trees to service personnel in all the armed forces. In 2005, FedEx contacted the organization, asking to be involved. Since then, FedEx has been delivering the donated trees to military personnel both in the United States, and those deployed overseas.

Over 176,000 Christmas trees have been donated since 2005.