Free Christmas trees distributed to military at Camp Lejeune

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WNCT) – Free Christmas trees are in the hands of area service members.

The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx distributed the trees at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Onslow Beach. It took place in the main parking lot at Sandollar Shores Pavillion.

For the past several years, FedEx has helped to deliver, on average, 18,000 Christmas trees to 65 military bases throughout the U.S. and overseas. The trees were provided by more than 400 Christmas tree growers and retailers in 29 states.

“it can be a difficult time,” said Yolanda Mayo, MCCS deputy operations officer. “Trees are more and more expensive every year and the smell of a fresh tree in the house — it welcomes Christmas.”

Marines passed out 940 trees to eager families like Kristine Nix. She and her crew were the first in line.

“I have a two-year-old and so Christmas is a lot of fun this year, and he loves the lights so we’re excited to put a tree up and put lights on it,” Nix said. “He’s going to be really excited to see it.”

The Christmas trees were available on a first-come, first-served basis. For those who did not get one, they said they plan to get there even earlier next year.