For the seventh consecutive year Christmas tree farms nationwide are again teaming up this holiday season to donate Christmas trees to the families of troops serving overseas, and two local Isanti County Christmas tree farms are participating.
Wolcyn Tree Farms and Pinestead Tree Farms are two of a number of Minnesota farms involved in the program. Both farms have also participated in the past.
Wolcyn Tree Farms and Pinestead Tree Farms are both members of the National Christmas Tree Association which is sponsoring the event through its charitable arm, the Christmas Spirit Foundation. The Christmas Spirit Foundation has teamed with Fed Ex to ship several large truckloads of trees. The Minnesota truck will originate at Rum River Tree Farms in Andover and make additional pickups along the way before arriving at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Other Fed Ex trucks will be going to military bases on both the East Coast and West Coasts. About 30 bases, from all service branches will receive trees this year.
“The Minnesota Christmas Tree Association is coordinating the pickup here in Minnesota with 200 trees coming from about a dozen different Minnesota farms,” said Tom Wolcyn.
Phil Hartley from Pinestead Tree Farms added, “This is just one of a number of activities that the Christmas Spirit Foundation is sponsoring. The foundation was created to support activities that help promote families, kids, and the environment.” More information on the foundation is available at www.ChristmasSpiritFoundation.org. Adding the year seven donations, the total number of trees donated to military families by Christmas tree growers nationwide will exceed 100,000.”
Wolcyn Tree Farms is located 9 miles west of Cambridge on Hwy. 95, and can be reached at 763-689-3346. Pinestead Tree Farms is located one-half mile south of Isanti just east of Hwy. 65, and can be reached at 763-444-8206.