Tree farms in northeast Wisconsin come together to help troops with Christmas trees

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The nationwide trees for troops non-profit organization has donated 176,000 trees since 2005 to members of the military and their families.

This morning at Lambeau Field local tree farms did their part to spread Christmas cheer to people serving our country, eight different local farms filled a FedEx truck with 200 trees that will be delivered to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

For these tree farmers, some of whom are veterans themselves today marks a very important day, a day they can give back and say thank you to the men and women in uniform.

“It’s a good day we get to give back to the people who gave us our freedom and our chance to celebrate Christmas as we know it,” said Dave VanderVellven of Whispering Pines Tree Farm. “It’s a feel good day for us a day we get to say thank you.”

While many businesses compete to bring in the money during the holiday season, this group of tree farmers work together to make the holidays better for troops who don’t get a chance to come home and this kind of collaboration isn’t unique to the holiday season.

“We work together, if one grower has a good idea he shares it with everybody else,” said Jon Bigler of Rolling Hills Tree Farm. “We make a better product for you and everyone of our customers by doing that, we don’t keep any secrets.”

The group of tree farmers took off and had a bunch of trees left over, they could have used another FedEx truck, but FedEx also helps this program by delivering the trees free of charge, they’ve logged over 650,000 miles across the United States.

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