oe6_20121115111230_320_240OCTA gives back to the community through it’s Operation Evergreen project and at the Ohio State Fair.

 Operation Evergreen, the service project developed by the OHIO Christmas Tree Association members in 1995 to bring Christmas cheer to military units serving overseas–honouring them for the duties they perform overseas–is asking you for your help in making this a well organized operation. If you are donating items for our project, please take the time to fill out the information below to assist us in recognizing all the wonderful help and coordinate the donations.

 Operation Evergreen and Holiday Greetings to service personnel overseas

Preparation is in motion for “Operation Evergreen,” a service project developed by the OHIO Christmas Tree Association (OCTA) members in 1995-96. The purpose is to bring a little Christmas cheer to military personnel serving overseas, honouring them for the job they perform. This OCTA project has grown from 30 trees to 307 in 2007. Originally only trees were sent. (real Christmas trees are not normally available to military personnel in all overseas countries). A suggestion to include decorations from schools was made & we have a fantastic response from schools every year! We are targeting the units in the South West Asian Theatre (Kuwait, Afghanistan, Qatar and Iraq). (One of our OCTA members had a son in a unit that received one of the first trees sent. It made a dreary Christmas a little brighter–He was even impressed that the items came from a farm he knew!)

To succeed in our goals, we would like to enlist members of society young and old. This project gives youngsters and others an opportunity to demonstrate their patriotism. Many school children may find wishing a ‘Merry Christmas’ to the parents, aunts, uncles and cousins serving in our armed services an outlet for expressing their personal feelings.

All the trees, boxes, ornaments, tree stands, packaging and assembly, transportation and shipping overseas are donated. This project can be used to augment learning activities on many levels–Counting and packaging ornaments, measuring length of garland, celebrating holiday traditions, making and giving gifts, patriotism, Social studies, world history, current events, environmental choices, media relations, organization, participation with local military units and bases, National Guard, local veterans groups. Some items included in the past: Garland–30-35’ per tree, hand made Ornaments -packaged in units of a dozen, can be cards, short essays, pictures of local vets cutting trees with the children, flags, CD’s (homemade) of greetings and Christmas carols—all should have some way to be hung on the tree. Tree toppers-angels, stars, Santas…we could use one for each tree. Tree Stands or buckets (need to vbe small enough to fit in a 12”x12” box)….Other ideas-banners (which are left up after the season) signed at local events or activities and handmade items –a personal touch from you to the troops are especially appreciated..

If you estimate for every 100 trees–with garland and 48 ornaments each-we could use 4800+ ornaments, 3500 ft of garland, 100 tree toppers and stands!!!–got any good ideas?

(Donations need to be in hand the first week of November, we cut, transport, pack and ship the trees right around Veterans Day—so they arrive between Thanksgiving and the first week in December!) Please include an e-mail address with the donation—the troops have access to e-mail—and they quite often reply! If you wish to join in, fill out the information sheet and fax or call me back with your info or any questions you may have…e-mail is OK too. Thank-you for participating Amy Galehouse Galehouse Tree Farms Ph: 330-658-2480, 330-607-4487 Fax: 330-658-2485 e-mail: galehousetreefarms@bright.net or OCTA office Ph/fax: 740-828-3331, e-mail; val@ohiochristmastree.com .