MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–When you need to deliver more than 17,000 farm-grown Christmas trees to military families across the country and abroad during the holiday season, who do you call? The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation has tapped FedEx for the 15th year to deliver joy and a sense of normalcy to military families through the Trees for Troops program. This year, FedEx Freight will help deliver Christmas trees to more than 75 domestic and international U.S. military bases.
“Trees for Troops is a joint effort that is made possible by our team members and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation,” said John Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Freight. “We are proud to celebrate the holidays with these military families and lend our superior network and operations expertise to a great cause.”
Delivering Trees at Home and Abroad
Trees for Troops kicks off Nov. 19 in Thorntown, Indiana. At the kick-off event, FedEx volunteers will prepare 200 Christmas trees for shipment to service members stationed overseas. The Christmas trees, donated by members of the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association, will be delivered by FedEx Express to service members stationed in Guam, Afghanistan and Alaska.
Once the international shipment has taken flight, FedEx Freight will hit the road with an additional 17,000 fresh-cut Christmas trees. To date, FedEx has helped deliver more than 225,000 Christmas trees since the program launched in 2004.
Help Spread the Spirit
Share your greeting and best holiday wishes through the FedEx Tag-a-Tree campaign. Tweet a message to @fedex using the hashtag #TreesforTroops through Nov. 22. Every tree is tagged with a message, adding a personal touch to each delivery.
You can also support Trees for Troops by donating to the program and/or purchasing fresh trees at dozens of Christmas tree retail locations during Trees for Troops weekend, Dec. 6 – Dec. 8. Donated trees will be added to the program’s planned deliveries to U.S. bases in 2019. More information on how to get involved can be found at www.treesfortroops.org.
FedEx is involved with the Trees for Troops program as part of FedEx Cares, the company’s community investment initiative. For more information on FedEx’s journey to positively impact 50 million people around the world by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023, check out fedexcares.com.
About FedEx Freight
Since 2001, connecting customers with opportunity has motivated the people of FedEx Freight, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and a leading provider of LTL freight services. We revolutionized the LTL industry with the priority and economy model, and we offer our customers both fast-transit delivery of time-sensitive freight (FedEx Freight Priority has the fastest published transit times of any nationwide LTL service) or cost-effective delivery when they can trade time for savings. Through more than 370 service centers and 25,000 motorized vehicles, FedEx Freight moves more than 115,000 LTL shipments each day throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. With a steadfast focus on Safety Above All, our 45,000 team members are driven to innovate for our customers and give back to the communities where we live and work. To learn more, please visit about.fedex.com.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $70 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 450,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.
About the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and Trees for Troops
The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that works to recognize and support the true spirit of Christmas for U.S. troops through the Trees for Troops® program. The foundation was established in 2005 and is among fewer than five percent of U.S. charities to be awarded the “Best in America” seal of excellence by Independent Charities of America. To learn more, visit https://christmasspiritfoundation.com/.