BREAKING NEWS OHA reports 342 new cases, 5 new deaths Full Story

Farms sending 600 Christmas trees to military families in NC

Article Image

Dozens of volunteers gathered at Wahmhoff Farm Nursery to send off 600 Christmas trees to military families in North Carolina.

Posted: Nov 28, 2018 12:54 PM


Click here for updates on this story

    Gobles, MI (WXMI) -- Before the packing began, Dan Wahmhoff stood in the snow in his coat and hoodie and thanked dozens of volunteers for coming to Wahmhoff Farm Nursery Monday morning. They too were bundled in hats, scarves and gloves, ready to lift close to 600 Christmas trees.

“Folks like yourself coming here to volunteer your time in this kind of weather, it’s just so great,” Wahmhoff said to the crowd. “I think we all appreciate our troops.”

After a quick prayer, they were off to work. As part of the annual Trees for Troops event at Wahmhoff Farms, volunteers lifted tightly-bound, five-foot pine and fir trees and placed them on conveyor belts that fed into two FedEx trucks. Volunteers inside the trucks then stacked the trees.

“It’s an event we’ve been doing since 2005,” Wahmhoff said. “We’re just one of the participants. We happen to be a centrally-located farm. So, other farms bring their trees here.”

Farms in Allegan County and in the Lansing area were among the seven farms that donated trees to the event at the Wahmhoff site, he said. A similar loading and packing event was going on in Manton at the same time. All the trees were packed for military families the Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

“It’s a big deal to me to be able to contribute back, to give them something positive for their Christmas time,” Wahmhoff said. “I know a lot of them are sacrificing it, away from their families, or the families are by themselves.”

Veteran Pete Matthews said he remembered his first holiday season away from his family. It was 1961, and he was serving in the U.S. Coast Guard at the time.

“Being a young person, first time really a long way from home, it’s good and it’s bad,” Matthews said. “I spent Christmases in the North Atlantic, Thanksgiving at sea, where you got processed turkey.”

However, for the families at Camp Lejeune, they'll be getting Christmas trees on Thursday, November 29. The volunteers finished loading both trucks within an hour. Once they were done, the trucks began their 890-mile trek south, all travel expenses covered by FedEx.

“It’s a nice little touch to give them a feeling of home,” Wahmhoff said.

Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 19366

Reported Deaths: 328
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah449793
Washington284923
Marion269268
Umatilla206024
Clackamas142136
Malheur67610
Deschutes5408
Lane5233
Lincoln3959
Jackson3941
Union3882
Yamhill38611
Jefferson3113
Morrow3051
Polk29612
Linn25410
Klamath1961
Wasco1703
Hood River1690
Benton1576
Douglas1341
Josephine1071
Coos850
Clatsop820
Columbia790
Crook431
Baker330
Lake320
Tillamook300
Wallowa191
Sherman150
Curry140
Harney80
Gilliam40
Grant20
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Few Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 80°
Corvallis
Clear
78° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 79°
Roseburg
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 72°
North Bend
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 63°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events