MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. --
The “Trees for Troops” program, founded by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation in 2005, assisted by Christmas tree growers from across the United States, generously supports military families by providing fresh cut Christmas trees to those living in the Continental United States, as well as to service members serving overseas.
The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation donated approximately 100 free Christmas trees to service members and their families aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, as part of the Trees for Troops program in front of the Desert View Housing Office, Dec. 9.
“This is a really great program, for a good cause,” said Gunnery Sgt. Cesar Castro, Base Operations Chief. “It’s nice to see that people recognize the hard work and sacrifice of service members and their families, especially during this time of year.”
Many of the trees had been donated by families and included a very special gift tag to express their thanks for what the military men and women have sacrificed.
“There was a letter that was attached to my tree from the family of a retired veteran who had recently passed away,” Castro explained. “The family wanted to spread the joy of Christmas through the Marine Corps which had been a part of their family for so long, it was very heart warming.”
“This was the first Christmas tree that our family has put up together,” explained Pfc. Diomar Guano, a postal clerk aboard the base. “It was a great experience to be able to decorate the tree and have our daughter put the first ornament on it.”
For more information about the Trees for Troops program, or the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, log on to their website at www.christmasspiritfoundation.org.