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FedEx delivers holiday cheer to U.S. troops and families
MEMPHIS, Tenn. â€” FedEx Corp. and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation today kicked off their annual â€œTrees for Troopsâ€ program in Columbus, Ohio, with the pickup of 300 trees to be delivered to activated service members and their families stationed overseas.
In the coming weeks, tree growers, retailers and FedEx Corp. will be donating and delivering approximately 20,000 trees to more than 35 bases in the United States and overseas.
â€œWe are pleased to once again be a part of this worthwhile program that will benefit the men and women serving in the Armed Forces and their families,â€ said Douglas G. Duncan, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Freight. â€œFedEx is committed to supporting our employees and the communities in which we live and work during the holidays and throughout the year.â€
National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) members will donate the trees, while FedEx Corp. is donating transportation and logistical services to the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, the NCTAâ€™s philanthropic branch. The popular program has grown rapidly since its inception in 2005, when 4,300 trees were delivered to troops and military families in the U.S. and overseas. Last year,
FedEx Express and FedEx Freight donated all transportation and logistical services to collect and deliver almost 12,000 trees to 25 military bases. This year, the public will have opportunities to participate by purchasing trees for sale at 40 retail locations nationally.
In addition to domestic deliveries, an international shipment will depart from the FedEx Express hub in Indianapolis on Nov. 28 for service members stationed abroad.
Trees for Troops is a part of FedEx Special Delivery, a nationwide program that provides transportation and logistical assistance for community and non-profit organizations.