As a small way to say “thanks” to our military members, Trees for Troops is providing free, live Christmas trees over the next week. The program reaches military bases all over the world, including the Rock Island Arsenal. Local 4’s Emily Scarlett takes us Inside the Gates with a look at this year’s supply.
As soon as the delivery arrived, active duty military members were ready and waiting for their free Christmas trees.
Sergeant First Class, Lindsey Lee, tells Local 4 News, “It’s pretty awesome, you know, that people care that much to give us free trees.”
Big and small, there are more than 120 live Christmas trees made of all different shapes and sizes, available to all active duty military members. But, you will want to get there soon. They are only at the Memorial Field Pavilion until December 8, and it is on a first come, first serve basis.
“I like it to be tall enough for the area we have. Not real short, not too tall, and we want it to have a lot of fatness, bulk,” says Lee.
The trees come from various tree farms throughout the Midwest, all set for their new homes.
Chris Chambers is a marketing specialist on the Rock Island Arsenal. He says, “Just come and pick out a tree, and load it up on your car, and take it away and enjoy it for the season. It’s just a nice way to show our appreciation for our military members and their families and what they do for our country and it’s just a small way of giving back for the holiday season.”
The trees will be available 24/7 at the Memorial Field Pavilion through December 8.