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1,800 Christmas Trees Donated at Cornwall's Farmside Acres for Trees for Troops Distribution

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus and friends bundle up Christmas trees for service families

Goshen/Cornwall – The annual Trees for Troops donation drive was held Monday in Cornwall with Orange County Executive Neuhaus participating as he does every year.

The trees were gathered at Nannini Family's Farmside Acres with the help of Lee Road Elementary School students in Cornwall and County Legislator Kevin Hines. “I’m very grateful that Bob Nannini (owner of Farmside Acres) and his family have made this an annual event,” Neuhaus said. “It brings the community together and serves as a wonderful way to provide some Holiday cheer to our brave servicemen and women, and their families. We are all appreciative of their sacrifice and hope this small gesture shows our gratitude. I enjoyed spending time at Farmside Acres with a group of great people.” The trees will go to military families at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, Fort Moore in Georgia, Fort Stewart in Georgia, Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and Joint Base Langely-Eustis in Virginia. Since 2009, Farmside Acres has collected more than 10,000 trees for the Trees for Troops program, which brings farm-grown Christmas Trees to U.S. troops and families at military bases in the U.S. and overseas. Farmside Acres is one of the country’s top Trees for Troops donors.

This year, the farm donated 1,800 trees. Trees for Troops provides farm-grown Christmas trees to United States armed forces members in all branches of the military and their families, through donations, sponsorships, grants, and the work of many volunteers. Since 2004 when the program was launched, FedEx has shipped more than 250,000 real Christmas trees to service members and their families in every branch of the military on approximately 75 bases in 17 countries at no charge. “We are grateful that County Executive Neuhaus has taken such an interest in Trees for Troops and our family farm and for his service to our County and our country,” Bob Nannini said. “From spreading the word throughout the county, to physically loading trees on pick-up day, Mr. Neuhaus has been a tremendous supporter. It’s clear that he values and respects everything that our servicemen and women do for us every day.”

Source: Mid-Hudson News

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