Trees for Troops 2016

The holiday spirit is being delivered to several local military bases this week — in the form of hundreds of Christmas trees.

The 12th annual Trees for Troops program is in full swing.

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, and Joint Base Langley-Eustis will receive hundreds of trees this Friday, which will be distributed to military troops and their families on a first come, first served basis. The Coast Guard base in Portsmouth gets its delivery Thursday.

List of bases receiving trees

Since the program launched in 2005, FedEx has shipped more than 176,000 real Christmas trees.

If you’d like to make a contribution to the Christmas Spirit Foundation’s One Thousand Tree Campaign, this year’s donation period ends November 30. Donations made after Wednesday will go toward the 2017 campaign. Click here to buy a tree online.

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story says it will distribute trees to junior enlisted military families first, then trees will be made available to all active duty personnel and family members starting Sunday, December 4. Tree distribution is scheduled to begin at noon at the Sandpiper Recreation Center on board JEB Fort Story.

Fort Eustis will start its distribution on Monday, December 5 at 9 a.m. and will continue until the trees are gone. First come, first served. VALID MILITARY ID REQUIRED Location: Bethel Park on 123 Saunders Road in Hampton – go to the covered pavilion, Schultz PL next to the Reserve Center.