Camp Pendleton, Calif --
Camp Pendleton Hosts Trees for Troops
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.- Camp Pendleton held its annual Trees for
Troops event at the Paige Field House here, December 4.
The program, hosted by Camp Pendleton and several civilian
organizations, is designed to give fresh Christmas trees to service members
free of charge.
“It’s a great way to generate holiday spirit and provide a super
benefit for our Marines and their Families,” said Brigadier Gen. Edward Banta, Commanding
General of Marine Corps Installations-West, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
“Really, kick-off the holiday season in a great way.”
For many participants, the addition of a real Christmas tree
brings the holidays to life.
“There’s nothing quite like the smell of a fresh Christmas tree
and our holiday wouldn’t be the same without it,” said Gunnery Sgt. Scott
Coffin, Operations Chief, Operations and Plans Management, MCI-West, Marine
Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “It’s heartwarming to see the generosity and
dedication of the outside community toward the Marines.”
Camp Pendleton residents began arriving at 5:30 a.m. to the event,
which officially began at 8:00. The event also included face painting, music,
games, and raffles.
“I think this is a cool set up and a good cause, because we are
out here with the Marines,” said Tylor Ezell, one of the civilian volunteers at
the Trees for Troops event. “I felt like this would be a good way to help out.”
Wendee Bruner, a four-year volunteer for the program, says that
this is the least they can do to show their appreciation for all of the
sacrifices that service members and their families make.
“We do this to give
back to the troops for all that you guys do for us and to make sure that you
have a nice Christmas and holiday,” said Bruner.
According to their website, Trees for Troops has donated over
157,000 trees to service members and their families throughout the U.S. and
overseas since the program began in 2005.