FORT SILL, OK (RNN Texoma) - Active duty military and their families at Fort Sill received real Christmas trees as a way to say thank you. Since 2005, FedEx and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation have been working together to deliver trees to our troops. For the last eleven years, Fort Sill has been one of the installations selected to receive the evergreens.
“Today was nice. It was very fun to come in and pick out a Christmas tree," said Jazinique Milton. "We haven’t had a live tree in some years, because we’re from Michigan. So, being down here in the south, it’s really hard to get a live tree that smells like the pine. This was just awesome to be able to have a live tree given to us, and given to the troops to thank them for their services.”
Nearly 300 trees were donated to Fort Sill this year. Each tree has a message attached saying where it came from.
“We will continue tomorrow and throughout the week until they’re all gone, because the hope is that every tree finds a home," said Christina Smith, recycle program manager at Fort Sill. "That way, whoever gets that tree can look on it and find the little message tag and hopefully send a thank you card out to them. A lot of them have addresses.”
The Milton family said this weekend has felt a lot like home.
“Next is to decorate the tree and to put candy canes up," said Milton. "Yesterday, we went to the Armed Service Soldiers Closet. So, we went to Santa’s closet yesterday. We had a lot of fun doing that. So, we’re just going to go home, decorate the tree, had Grinch pancakes this morning. We’re just going to have a nice, feel like Michigan Christmas weekend.”
The Christmas trees were being handed out until 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon. They will continue to be given away until all the trees are gone.