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December 03, 2021 - York, PA

Wolf Administrations Kicks Off 'Trees for Troops'

Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Brig. Gen. Laura McHugh, Department of Military & Veterans Affairs deputy adjutant general-Army, today helped kick off the 2021 Trees for Troops weekend at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York, encouraging Pennsylvanians to donate Christmas trees to active-duty military and their families.

"As we celebrate family, friends and traditions this holiday season, let us remember the military service men and women whose ultimate sacrifice has protected the people and places we call home," said Secretary Redding. "This Christmas, we invite you to send a small token of gratitude to our armed forces and their families through Trees for Troops. By donating a Christmas tree, our service men and women receive a reminder of home and family no matter where they are stationed. It is a small gesture of thanks that embodies the best of holiday spirit."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_001.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Brig. Gen. Laura McHugh, DMVAs deputy adjutant general-Army, loads up a Christmas tree with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_002.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>A handwritten card is pictured during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_003.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Brig. Gen. Laura McHugh, DMVAs deputy adjutant general-Army, speaks during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_004.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Service members are picture during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_005.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Peggy Flickinger, customer service at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees, helps PA Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding purchase a tree for a troop member during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_006.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Rep. Carol Hill-Evans speaks during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_007.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_008.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding writes a letter to a troop member during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_009.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_010.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_011.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_012.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_013.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>York County Commissioner Julie Wheeler speaks during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_014.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Gerry Strathmeyer, of Strathmeyer Christmas Trees, speaks  during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_015.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Mark Smith, service center manager for FedEx Freight, speaks during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_016.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Rep. Carol Hill-Evans speaks during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_017.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20296_AGRIC_TreesTroops_NK_018.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference highlighting Pennsylvania Christmas tree farmers and their partnership with the Trees for Troops program, at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York on Friday, December 3, 2021. Trees for Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season