2020 Trees for Troops
The Christmas Spirit Foundation reports that FedEx will not be shipping trees overseas this year. However, they will be delivering trees domestically to 79 bases and stations that have requested nearly 20,000 trees. Lance Sambol has agreed to serve as the State Coordinator for Indiana's 2020 participation in the program. FedEx will be picking up donated trees on Monday, November 30th, from Piney Acres Farm near Fortville, Indiana (phone 317-326-1700). Hensler Nursery at Hamlet, Indiana (phone 574-867-4192) will serve as a second FedEx pickup location. ICTGA members, contact either tree farm to donate trees for the program.
Indiana Statehouse Program
The officials and staff at our State Capitol look forward to this annual event which is set for Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The Statehouse Program is chaired by Abby Rohmilller from Egolf’s tree farm and features trees donated from the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association members located throughout the state. The Statehouse rotunda, Governor's office, and other state offices are transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland for all to enjoy! This is a fantastic way to say thank you to our State Capitol staff while encouraging all Indiana residents to “KEEP IT REAL” this Christmas season!
It is likely that Christmas will have a greater significance for many in 2020 as we seek to offset the disruption of normalcy from COVID-19 with a family-oriented holiday experience. However, shopping for a Christmas tree, the iconic centerpiece of the holiday, will be a different experience this year as the risks from COVID-19 must be taken seriously. The National Christmas Tree Association appointed two committees to develop best practice recommendations—one for tree lot operators and one for choose & cut farms. Their recommendations can be found at NCTA's COVID-19 Best Practices Recommendations.