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Local Growers Donate Trees for Troops

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Hundreds of Christmas trees donated by local growers, are on the way to U.S. service men and women.

Lambeau Field was one just one of the "Trees for Troops" collection sites in the state Monday.

"We're collecting trees at three different locations in Wisconsin. We'll collect about 200 trees here and about 400 or 450 statewide," said Paul Schroeder of North Country Christmas Incorporated.

It's a nationwide program that started in 2005 and delivers thousands of trees each year to 65 military bases in the U.S. and overseas.

Local tree growers say it's a way to show their appreciation.

"It's our way to thank them for what they do. You don't have to watch much of the evening news to realize how lucky we are here in America. The main reason for that is we're protected by our servicemen," added Schroeder.

The trees donated from Whispering Pines Tree Farm in Oconto include a note from families expressing their gratitude.

"It's a real personal little thing. They probably don't hear it all the time from someone at random how they really feel about the country and there service, what they do for us," explained Dave Vander Velden.

This year, 18,000 trees are expected to be delivered, bringing the grand total of trees sent since the program began to 140,000.

The first stop on their route is Fort Carson, Colorado.

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