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Trees to Troops delivers Christmas trees

Volunteers unload Christmas trees at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland donated by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, FedEx and 18 tree farmers as part of the Trees for Troops program Dec. 7, 2017.

Volunteers unload Christmas trees at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland donated by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, FedEx and 18 tree farmers as part of the Trees for Troops program Dec. 7, 2017.

Volunteers unload Christmas trees at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland donated by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, FedEx and 18 tree farmers as part of the Trees for Troops program Dec. 7, 2017.

Volunteers unload Christmas trees at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland donated by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, FedEx and 18 tree farmers as part of the Trees for Troops program Dec. 7, 2017.

Members of the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland community pick Christmas tress at JBSA-Lackland donated by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, FedEx and 18 tree farmers as part of the Trees for Troops program Dec. 7, 2017.

Members of the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland community pick Christmas tress at JBSA-Lackland donated by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, FedEx and 18 tree farmers as part of the Trees for Troops program Dec. 7, 2017.

Members of the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland community pick Christmas tress at JBSA-Lackland donated by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, FedEx and 18 tree farmers as part of the Trees for Troops program Dec. 7, 2017.

Members of the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland community pick Christmas tress at JBSA-Lackland donated by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, FedEx and 18 tree farmers as part of the Trees for Troops program Dec. 7, 2017.

Members of the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland community pose for a photo with Santa at JBSA-Lackland during the Trees for Troops program Dec. 7, 2017.

Members of the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland community pose for a photo with Santa at JBSA-Lackland during the Trees for Troops program Dec. 7, 2017.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas --

This year members of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland won’t have to worry about shopping for that all important Christmas tree, thanks to Trees for Troops.

Many braved the rain and the cold element, waiting outside JBSA-Lackland Outdoor Recreation Dec. 7, to receive a free tree from the organization.

Trees for Troops is a program that brings together the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, FedEx and tree farmers from across America to deliver real Christmas trees to service members stationed across the U.S. and overseas.

Trees distribution began at noon with spouses of deployed military members being served first, followed by active duty, guard and reserve military members. Afterwards, all other Department of Defense ID card were allowed to choose a tree.

In its 13th year of existence, Trees for Troops achieved a milestone delivering over 200,000 trees to service members and their families to nearly 65 military installations. Each tree included a letter of gratitude and encouragement, aiming to bring joy to those serving this holiday season.