Some U.S. soldiers may have a Christmas tree for the holidays. According to reports, Christmas tree growers throughout the country are donating to “Trees for Troops.” The program is sponsored by the National Christmas Tree Association’s Christmas Spirit Foundation. The goal is to collect more than 11,000 trees in 27 states.

Richard Moore, who is coordinating collections in New York, says the program aims to bring cheer to soldiers who are separated from their families during the holidays. “Any American would want to help out,” Moore said.

Last year, more than 4,300 trees were given to troops at five military bases. Additionally, 175 trees were sent overseas. In Indianapolis, FedEx volunteers are collecting 100 trees which will be loaded on trucks and taken to the company’s distribution center to be sent overseas. FedEx expects to deliver 13,000 trees to bases throughout the world this year. has created a program to ship artificial trees to troops to “bring spirit and joy to the holiday season.” Soldiers can be considered for a tree by having a form on the company’s Web site filled out. Trees from range in price from $30-$3,000.

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