Last year, Greenbriar Creek Christmas Tree Farm in Bishop shipped 127 trees to the families of U.S. soldiers serving in the military.
This year, they hope to do the same, said Walter Lee, who owns the tree farm with his wife Delores.
Greenbriar Creek is one of three Christmas trees farms in the Athens area participating in the Trees for Troops program with the nonprofit Christmas Spirit Foundation.
“This is our seventh year participating,” Lee said recently as he and his wife prepared to price trees and put up signs for when the farm on Old Bishop Road opens on Nov. 17. Under the program, individuals or businesses can pay $35 to sponsor a tree for a military family.
The trees have tags where the person sponsoring a tree can write a personal message. The trees will be delivered sometime near the first of December by FedEx truck.
“Some of these trees will go to regular Army bases and some to National Guard camps,” said Greg Smith, operations manager for 7 G’s Christmas Tree Farm in Nicholson. He has been the state coordinator for Trees for Troops program in Georgia for seven years.
“Throughout the state, we probably have 50 farms participating and over 1,200 trees have been committed so far, and that number is growing daily,” Smith said.
Jack’s Creek Christmas Tree Farm in nearby Bostwick provided 200 trees, while 7 G’s delivered 250 trees last year, Smith said.
All sponsorships are tax deductible. Walter asked that people make their sponsorships before Nov. 30. For information, contact Greenbriar at (706) 769-4231 or (706) 340-2603.