500 Fort Carson families receive free Christmas trees

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A very special delivery for at least 500 families happening at Fort Carson Monday.

The Trees for Troops program provides free Christmas trees to armed forces in all branches of the military. The trees are donated by families and community members across the country. The program delivers trees to 65 bases in 17 countries.

“It just means so much to me,” said seven-year-old Lyrik Fisher. “It’s very very special. It’s absolutely gorgeous.”

“To me it’s great,” said Staff Sergeant Nathan Maston with the United States Army. “I grew up as a kid just having an artificial trees and they’re nice but nothing beats having the smell and the feel of a real tree in the home. It makes it feel a little bit more like Christmas.”

“We weren’t even financially able to get a Christmas tree this year, even a fake one, so having this one is perfect,” said Marissa Perales, a military spouse.

Each tree came with a handwritten note from a stranger, somewhere across the country, a note from someone who’s making sure these soldiers know they’re appreciated.

“With a lot going on in the world nowadays and the prolonged conflict we have, sometimes the military guys feel like were forgotten so this just kind of reminded us that hey there’s still people out there that care about us and want to see us have a good Christmas,” said Matson.

“We know there’s always support somewhere and it’s just very meaningful and it helps knowing that your kids won’t go without a Christmas tree or Christmas spirit,” said Specialist Jake Fisher with the U.S. Army.

For military kids like Lyrik, getting to spend the holidays with dad means the world.

“Every single day I just wait at the door for my dad,” he said. “I just don’t mind anything else. I just run to the door, I just zip.”

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the program.

Trees for Troops expects to deliver 18,000 trees to troops across the country this holiday season.

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