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Stokoe Farms Sending Trees For Troops Overseas

One local farm is sending the ultimate Christmas care package to U.S. troops currently away from home.
One local farm is sending the ultimate Christmas care package to U.S. troops currently away from home.

Making fresh wreaths is a tedious job. But for Karen Vieira, the work and the smell help her cope.

"He loves the Christmas tree smell. I don't know why but it's his favorite," she says of her husband.

Karen's husband Timothy has been stationed in Korea for the past year. He is a member of the U.S. Air Force and will not be home for Christmas. 

"It's so hard putting on a brave face," she said.

Today gives reason to smile. Karen's husband will soon be getting a Christmas tree in the mail.

"He loves Christmas trees. So he's going to be super excited when he gets that box," she said.

Suzanne Stokoe owns Stokoe Farms. They have been participating in the national initiative "Trees For Troops" since 2005. This year they are donating about 200 trees to that cause. In addition, they have started their own tree drive. Through collections from the community, Stokoe is shipping some 60 trees to local soldiers stationed overseas.

"What a great way to say thank you and giving them a little piece of home by sending them a real, live Christmas tree," Suzanne said.

Suzanne says they do not let any space go to waste. They pack every last inch of the box full of Christmas decorations, cards and candy all for the troops.

"It's a wonderful feeling to know that you can help them just that little tiny bit," she said.

There is nothing too small about this gesture if you ask Karen. Right now it means everything to her and her family.

"It's such a touching thing that our community is doing for these soldiers in need," Karen said.

For more information on Trees for Troops, click here.
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