FedEx to Deliver Symbols of Holiday Cheer to U.S. Service Members and Their
Trees for Troops^® Program Has Delivered More Than 100,000 Trees to Troops
around the World
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- November 20, 2012
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) is once again honoring the dedication of America’s
servicemen and women by delivering real Christmas trees to military members
and their families through the annual Trees for Troops^® program.
Now in its eighth year, Trees for Troops brings together FedEx, the Christmas
SPIRIT Foundation and tree farmers across America to transport thousands of
real Christmas trees to service members stationed overseas, as well as on
military bases in the U.S.
“FedEx is once again pleased to honor our military men and women and their
families by delivering a symbol of holiday cheer,” said William J. Logue,
president and CEO, FedEx Freight.
Trees for Troops: Shipping Fresh Christmas Trees Across the Globe
Launching today and continuing into December, FedEx will deliver more than 300
fresh-cut Christmas trees to active duty service members overseas and more
than 18,000 trees to members of the armed forces and their families stationed
at military bases across the United States. As part of the program, National
Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) members around the country donate thousands
of fresh trees to Trees for Troops through the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation,
the NCTA's philanthropic branch. FedEx Express air operations will assist with
international tree deliveries while the FedEx Freight trucking network
delivers the donated trees to more than 60 military bases throughout the U.S.
The Trees for Troops initiative will mobilize today in Thorntown, Indiana, as
FedEx Express picks up approximately 300 trees from members of the Indiana
Christmas Tree Association.These trees will be delivered to service members
stationed in Kuwait via the FedEx Express hub in Indianapolis. Once the
international deliveries have taken flight, FedEx Freight will hit the road
with more than 18,000 fresh-cut Christmas trees to visit, in the space of two
weeks, more than 60 military bases throughout the country.
Some highlights about the Trees for Troops program include:
*In the program's first year, 4,300 trees were delivered to troops and
military families at five bases in the U.S. and overseas.
*When the 2011 program concluded, more than 103,000 real Christmas trees
had been distributed to service members and their families over seven
years – covering every branch of the military at more than 60 bases in 17
*More than 800 tree farms and retail lots in 29 states have donated trees
to the effort.
*FedEx Freight trucks have traveled more than 350,000 over-the-road miles
to pick up and deliver the trees.
As in previous years, the public may also support Trees for Troops by donating
to the program and/or purchasing fresh trees at one of more than 30 Christmas
Tree retail locations nationally during the official Trees for Troops weekend,
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2. Donated trees will be added to the program’s planned
deliveries to U.S. bases during 2012. More information on how to get involved
can be found at http://www.treesfortroops.org/.
Trees for Troops is part of FedEx Special Delivery, a nationwide program that
supports local organizations by donating transportation services and other
assistance to help them fulfill their missions. For more information about
FedEx during the peak holiday season, please visit
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About the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation
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 as the charitable branch of the National Christmas Tree
Association and is among fewer than 5 percent of U.S. charities to be awarded
the “Best in America” seal of excellence by Independent Charities of America.
Trees for Troops was a Top 20 Finalist in the 2012 Joining Forces Campaign, a
White House initiative that honors exemplary support organizations for
military families. To learn more, visit www.treesfortroops.org or call
About the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA)
The National Christmas Tree Association is the national trade association
representing the farm-grown Christmas tree industry. NCTA represents more than
700 active member farms, 29 state and regional associations, and 4,000
affiliated businesses that grow and sell Christmas trees or provide related
supplies and services. It is estimated that those affiliated with the NCTA
produce roughly three-quarters of the farm-raised Christmas trees in the
United States. To learn more, visit www.realchristmastrees.org or call
Jennifer Caccavo Cordeau, 901-371-6684
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