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Christmas Trees Comfort Troops Near and Far

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Jessica Daley


A little spirit of the holidays will hopefully comfort many of our soldiers. More than 18,000 donated Christmas trees are on their way to troops stationed at 62 bases overseas and stateside.

About 20 tree farms in Iowa took a piece out of their profit to chop down a tree for a soldier.

One of those businesses is Kidman Tree Farm in Polk City. Owners Renee and Mike Kidman have donated three trees each of the seven years the program has been around.

They say through talking to veterans, they've learned Christmas can be the loneliest of times for active duty troops.

This year, their trees are going to South Dakota. In the past they've gone to bases in South Carolina and Texas. Servicemen and women can pick them up for free.

The Kidman's have one more reason to want to help the troops.

"Our grandson went into the army 1.5 years ago or almost 2 years ago. So it has become a special treat for us," says Renee. "You know, they're away from home doing their jobs, and it's a big job to protect us and everything. So I think it is extra special that we do something for them."

Their grandson, Jake Kidman, has already served one tour in Afghanistan. He is spending this holiday stationed stateside.

Over the past seven years, the Kidman's say Iowa farms have donated 1,000 trees and nationwide 103,000.

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