Nonprofit sending Christmas trees to soldiers deployed overseas
WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. — On Veterans Day, volunteers with the nonprofit group Trees from Home were already thinking about troops who will be spending the holidays away from their families.
Over the weekend, the group prepared to ship more than 3,000 decorated Christmas trees overseas. The packages also include hats, cards, ear buds, snacks and more.
"It just helps them remember that there are people back home that support them, that not everything is what they are going through over there, and that when they come home, there's a great support system in place for them," Trees from Home volunteer John Stuhlmacher told WISN.
According to the report, the organization spends nearly $30,000 on tree decorations, items and shipping to make it possible.
"We purchase the supplies, and then volunteers decorate the trees, fill the care packages with personal care items and some other stuff to try to make their life a little bit easier," Stuhlmacher said.
Some troops may receive their care packages as early as next week, while others may not receive them until sometime in December.
Trees from Home says it's shipped out more than 20,000 packages to service men and women since 2009.