Trees for Troops Brings Military Families Together in the Spirit of Christmas

Since 2009, Farmside Acres has collected donations for the Trees for Troops program, which brings farm-grown Christmas Trees to U.S. troops and military families at military bases in the U.S. and overseas. And this year is no different, with hopes of collecting close to 300 trees – three times what was donated the first year.

Last year, with the help of airmen and airwomen of the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard, members of the community, and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus more than 250 donated trees were loaded on to the FedEx truck and distributed to Marine Corp. families in Newburgh. This year, all trees collected will go to families at Rock Island Arsenal, an active U.S. Army facility located in the Mississippi River.

“We are also thrilled to announce that school children from Lee Road Elementary will be helping us load trees for the first time,” said Bob Nannini, who spearheaded the collection of trees in Orange County when he found out there was a lack of participation in our area. “Getting the kids excited about helping those who serve our country is such a great thing. It builds a wonderful sense of gratitude and appreciation for those in uniform—and their families. ”

Farmside Acres, located at 280 Angola Road, will be the only drop off point in Orange County. Consumers wishing to donate a tree can pick one up at their supplier of choice (tree farm or retail lot) and drop off at Farmside Acres. Pre-cut trees may also be purchased through Farmside Acres by emailing farmsideacres@gmail.com. A Trees for Troops banner will direct donors to the collection point and instructions will be clearly marked at site. Please be sure to leave your contact information in the box provided, as all donors are acknowledged in the Trees for Troops annual report.

“We will have blank tags available at the drop-off point,” said Leigh Nannini of Farmside Acres, “We encourage all donors to write something special, whether it be a note of appreciation or a simple holiday message, along with their contact information so the recipient family has the chance to send a personal message back.”

The collection of trees will take place until Saturday, November 28.