Garden Center Participates in Trees for Troops
A Garden Center is doing much more than providing fresh, fragrant Christmas Trees for your holiday enjoyment this year. Williams Nursery is part of a national effort called Trees for Troops which will provide more than 17,000 Real Christmas Trees to military families across the United States and overseas.
Since 2005 Christmas Tree farmers and retailers have donated their own trees for the Trees for Troops program. The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, the non-profit that implements Trees for Troops, received many requests from the public on how they could help to donate. This year, consumers will have the opportunity to purchase a tree at Williams Nursery that will be delivered to a military family in the United States. Consumers can come during Trees for Troops Weekend, Friday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, Dec. 7, to purchase a tree for a military family or they can order one through Williams’ website www.williams-nursery.com. Williams Nursery is the only location in NJ that consumers will be able to participate in the program. Williams Nursery will also have tables set up so that children can personalize notes that will be attached to the trees before they are delivered to the troops.
“We are very excited to be a part of this program,” said David Williams, partner at Williams Nursery, “Also, for every tree that a consumer purchases, we will contribute $5 per tree to the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, which implements the Trees for Troops program and other programs for kids, families and the environment.”
Trees for Troops began in 2005 when FedEx, who donates the shipping of the trees, and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation provided 4,300 Real Christmas Trees to military families at five bases in the U.S. and overseas. In 2007 almost 17,000 military families at 40 bases in the U.S. and overseas received a tree. Since 2005, CSF and FedEx have delivered over 34,000 Real Christmas Trees to 17 countries. FedEx has traveled over 90,000 over-the-road miles to deliver trees. This year, CSF, FedEx and Garden Centers of America TM Members, with the help of consumers across the country, plan to deliver 17,000 – 20,000 Christmas Trees to military families.
“This is a great way for consumers to become directly involved with the Trees for Troops program and allow more military families to receive a tree this holiday season,” said David Williams. “Providing memories at this time of year is extremely important, especially for families with loved ones serving our country.”
About Williams Nursery
Williams Nursery is a fourth generation family business that just celebrated their 88th anniversary. They have been recognized by Today’s Garden Center magazine as one of the 100 most innovative garden centers in the USA for the past three years. For more information visit their website at
About the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation
The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation (CSF) is the 501(c)(3) non-profit branch of the National Christmas Tree Association. Based in Chesterfield, Mo., CSF advances the Christmas spirit for children, families and the environment. CSF implements the Trees for Troops program and has provided books for children from low-income families and services for victims of child abuse and neglect. For more details, go to www.christmasspiritfoundation.org.
About Garden Centers of America
Garden Centers of AmericaTM (GCA) was established in 1973 and has been actively supporting the garden center industry for over thirty years. The membership represents independent garden centers of all sizes from all areas of the country. GCA’s mission is to ensure the long term success and sustainability of independent retail garden centers of North America. For more information, please visit www.gardencentersofamerica.org