Operation Evergreen to help military

WARREN — Operation Evergreen Ohio Christmas Tree Overseas for military personnel is marking its 22nd year.

Event organizers said the program was set up by the Ohio Christmas Tree Association to provide Christmas trees to those serving away from home during the holidays.

Started in 1995, 29 trees were sent to troops serving in Bosnia. In the years that followed, trees were sent to Kosovo, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The number of trees sent has varied from 29 up to 320 trees. Estimates are that the program has provided more than 5,000 trees for units serving overseas.

Since 1999, handmade ornament decorations and Christmas cards made by students, civic groups and other private citizens have been included with the trees.

A 200-tree donation for this Christmas will be sent to Kuwait in November. Each tree costs $100 to ship overseas. To help with the shipping costs, make checks payable to OCTA-Operation Evergreen, and send to Ohio Christmas Tree Association, 6870 Licking Valley Road, Frazeysburg, OH 43822. Checks can be made out to OCTA Operation Evergreen.

For information, visit galehousetreefarms@bright.net.