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Soldiers receive free trees for holidays

Hundreds of Soldiers and their Family members braved cold, wintery temperatures and bone-chilling winds to wait their turn to receive a free Christmas tree at Hood Stadium Dec. 7.

Trees for Troops donated 350 trees to Fort Hood. Three hundred were given out at the stadium and 50 were given out Saturday at the annual Celebration of Love event held at Hangar 6978.

"This is the ninth year for this event," said Brandi Crist, chief of community recreation, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. "Basically, the Christmas Spirit Foundation contacts all Army, basically, and says, 'we would like to donate some trees to some Army garrisons.' And then they contact the garrisons and they tell us how many trees we'll get and then they allow us to distribute them to all of our Soldiers."

According to, Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas Spirit Foundation, provides free, farm-grown Christmas Trees to members in all branches of the U.S. military and their Families, through donations, sponsorships, grants and the work of many volunteers. Since 2005, more than 191,000 free, farm-grown Christmas trees have been provided to troops and military Families in the United States and overseas through Trees for Troops.


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Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area's annual Nature in Lights offers more than 130 light displays for Soldiers and their Families to view 5:30-11 p.m. from Nov. 17-Jan. 7. The event is open to all. For more information, call 287-2523.


The theme for this year's Combined Federal Campaign is "Show Some Love." The campaign is going on now through Jan. 12. For more information about the campaign and how to donate, go to the CFC website at


The final edition of the Fort Hood Sentinel for 2017 came out Dec. 14. The next issue hits a news stand near you Jan. 4. Happy holidays!


Same-day optometry appointments are now available for all beneficiaries at Bennett, Thomas Moore, Monroe, and the Russell Collier Health Clinics. Appointments are available for beneficiaries ages 5 and up Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Beneficiaries should call the appointment line at 288-8888 to schedule an exam.


Child & Youth Services is offering winter camps from 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Dec. 18-29. Days will be packed with fun activities and exciting trips for kids in Kindergarten through 5th Grade at Muskogee SAC. Fun activities and trips are also planned for children in Grades 6 through 12 at High Chaparral Youth Center. To register or for more information, call 287-8029.


The National Museum of the United States Army is collecting photos and stories for the museum's "Growing Up Army" exhibit. The exhibit will be a rare place that will recognize and honor Army Families through personal stories, photos, videos and an interactive game. The museum is looking for submissions from all ages and eras to illustrate what life is (and was) like as an Army brat. More contributors make a better exhibit, so also help spread the word to others for their opportunity to be included in the future home of Army history. The photos and stories contributed by Dec. 31 to Growing Up Army may be included in the future home of Army history. For more information, visit The National Museum of the United States Army

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