Trees for Troops program in Athens area helps military families at Christmas

File photo Greg Smith on his Christmas tree farm is selling sponsorships in the Trees for Troops program.

The time is fast approaching for people who want to sponsor a Christmas tree for a military family in the annual Trees for Troops program.

 

About 10 farms across Georgia are participating in the program, according to Greg Smith, who owns the 7 G’s Farm on Old Kings Bridge Road in Nicholson.

“My trees are going to a naval air station down in Jacksonville (Fla.),” said Smith, whose farm has committed 100 trees to the program.

Greenbriar Creek Farm on Old Bishop Road in Bishop has participated in the program for several years and will again offer sponsorships. Greenbriar and 7 G’s both open on Saturday.

Trees for Troops is run by the nonprofit Christmas SPIRIT Foundation with its corporate sponsor FedEx. The trees are delivered to 63 military bases in the U.S. and overseas. The donations are tax deductible.

7 G’s plan to load and ship its trees on Nov. 28, while Greenbriar will load trees on Nov. 27. People who want to participate in the program need to makes their sponsorships at the farms prior to these dates.

 

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