Ohio's Operation Evergreen helps bring Christmas to troops overseas

by Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief Published:

Columbus -- Dozens of Ohio-grown evergreen trees are on their way overseas as part of an annual effort to brighten the holidays for men and women serving in the military.

The Ohio Christmas Tree Association, with help from the Ohio Department of Agriculture and volunteers, boxed 100 trees Nov. 13 for shipment to troops in Kuwait. The group has been sending trees overseas for nearly two decades.

Amy Galehouse, from Galehouse Tree Farms in Doylestown, coordinates the program as a way to support troops who can't be home for the holidays.

"They're far away from home," Galehouse said shortly after school groups unloaded trees and decorations from the back of her pickup truck. "They can't be where their families are."

Donated trees were tied and packed into long boxes along with cards, handmade ornaments and other decorations, many provided by school children.

Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief.

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