WORCES­TER Tree farms par­tic­i­pat­ing in Trees for Troops

The Southern Berks News - - FEATURES - By Gary Puleo [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @ on Twit­ter

There are five farms across Penn­syl­va­nia where you can cut down your own Christ­mas tree for a good cause.

One of those lo­ca­tions is Bus­tard’s Christ­mas Trees, which was among the first Christ­mas tree farms to par­tic­i­pate in Trees For Troops (T4T) and will be on board this year on Fri­day, Nov. 30, through Sun­day, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Launched by the Christ­mas SPIRIT Foun­da­tion in 2005. the char­i­ta­ble arm of the Na­tional Christ­mas Tree As­so­ci­a­tion, Trees For Troops has now pro­vided more than 200,000 far­m­grown trees, de­liv­ered via its part­ner FedEx, to mil­i­tary fam­i­lies at 65 mil­i­tary bases through­out the United States and over­seas, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

“The Trees For Troops pro­gram is about more than just de­liv­er­ing trees — we are de­liv­er­ing a piece of the Christ­mas spirit to our U.S. mil­i­tary and their fam­i­lies,” said Mike Ducker, pres­i­dent and CEO of FedEx Freight, in a re­lease. “To be able to say we’ve helped bring more than 200,000 trees to so many of our he­roes is an honor, and it shows our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sac­ri­fice these men and women and their fam­i­lies have made for our coun­try.”

Back in 2005, Bus­tard’s kicked off its in­volve­ment with Trees For Troops with 50 trees. As of last year, Bus­tard’s had do­nated more than 2,600 trees to the ef­fort.

“The gen­eros­ity of our cus­tomers en­ables us to give so much,” noted Jay Bus­tard, who co-owns the 89-year-old fam­ily busi­ness with his brother Glenn and mother Vir­ginia. “We have a spe­cial T4T FedEx truck at our orig­i­nal Bus­tard’s Road site, which at­tracts more and more peo­ple each year, par­tic­u­larly since Bus­tard’s Fraser fir was the of­fi­cial White House Christ­mas tree in 2015. They love to watch as the FedEx truck fills to ca­pac­ity. I think 2018 will set a record. Fam­i­lies are seek­ing so­lace through al­tru­ism, and T4T holds par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance for a com­mit­ment to pa­tri­o­tism.”

Bus­tard’s touts such ameni­ties as wooden walk­ways “so you don’t have to slosh around in the snow or mud” and will clean your tree with a me­chan­i­cal shaker to re­move any de­bris, as well as bale your tree for easy han­dling

Those who are un­able to at­tend the T4T Week­end, can still do­nate a tree by send­ing a check for $35 per tree made payable to Christ­mas Spirit Foun­da­tion to Bus­tard’s Christ­mas Trees, 2210 Bus­tard Road, Lans­dale, PA 19446. Checks must be re­ceived by De­cem­ber 4th.

In ad­di­tion to far­m­grown Christ­mas trees, Bus­tard’s sells hand­crafted wreaths, swags, gar­lands and grave blan­kets. Christ­mas trees are also sold at Vern­field Vil­lage Mar­ket, 883 Main St., Vern­field. Both lo­ca­tions will be open through De­cem­ber 23rd daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit bus­tard­schrist­mas­trees.com or call 610-584-4058 484-300-0634. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on Trees For Troops, visit christ­masspir­it­foun­da­tion.org

Other par­tic­i­pat­ing Trees For Troops farms in Penn­syl­va­nia in­clude Geissler Tree Farms Inc., 1051 Cross Keys Road, Leesport; Kenny’s Trees, 1121 N. Beth­le­hem Pike, Spring House; Strath­meyer Christ­mas Trees, 334 Carlisle Ave.; York and Yenser’s Tree Farm, 1910 Ma­hon­ing Drive E, Le­high­ton.

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Trees For Troops has now pro­vided more than 200,000 trees to mil­i­tary fam­i­lies around the world.

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