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Trees for Troops leave Maine

NEWBURGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  Hundreds of Service Men and Women and their families will have a brighter Christmas this year thanks to the generous support of tree farmers all across the state. Those Tree farmers donated christmas trees to the 'Trees for Troops' program, a collaborative effort between the tree farmers, Federal Express, and the Christmas Spirit Foundation. Thursday Members of the American Legion Post 201 in Dixmont joined with Fed-Ex workers, and workers at Piper Mountain Tree farm in Newburgh to load three hundred balsam firs into the back of a truck. Those trees are headed to Fort Bragg.

"It's a heartwarming event every year, and its been going on for 8 years thanks to fed ex. We've done over 100 thousand trees over that period of time."  explained Jim Corliss, owner of Piper Mountain Tree Farm.

'Trees for Troops' is a national program of which Maine tree farmers are involved.  In total, about 17 thousand Christmas Trees will be shipped this year to 62 Military installations across the country.