Trees for Troops program allows for Christmas tree donations to military families through Dec. 1

Morris County residents and businesses will have the opportunity to donate Christmas trees to military families for just $30 between now and Dec. 1 through an annual program sponsored by Cerbo’s Parsippany Greenhouses and supported by Leadership Morris, a leadership mentoring program of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.

Donations can be made online at the chamber’s website via the event calendar or can be mailed to the chamber at 325 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 101, Florham Park, NJ 07932. Make checks payable to “Morris County Chamber of Commerce” and write “Trees for Troops” in the memo section. Donations also may be dropped off at Cerbo’s, located at 440 Littleton Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

Following the collection of donations, on Dec. 5 volunteers from the military and other local community groups will load trailers with fresh-cut Christmas trees bound for delivery to the recipient families.

This is the third year Cerbo’s has been operating the tree donation program, according to Tyler Cerbo.

“We thought it was a good way to engage the community,” he said.

Cerbo’s Parsippany Greenhouses placed more than 400 trees with military families the first two years of the program and Cerbo expects to place between 400 and 500 trees this year alone. The trees being delivered for a $30 donation usually retail for between $50 and $80 but because Cerbo’s grows their own trees they are able to keep the donation cost steady again this year.

Meghan Hunscher, president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, said the annual event was an ideal program for the members and graduates of Leadership Morris to support because it is so community-based and Leadership Morris focuses on not only mentoring business leaders but community leaders, as well.

“Military families often are forced to operate on a tight budget, especially while loved ones are deployed,” she said. “This is an opportunity for Leadership Morris to show our support for these service men and women and their families during the holidays.

“In addition, considering that Morris County is home to a military base – Picatinny Arsenal – this is one way we can express our gratitude to our active service men and women during the holidays.”

Trees for troops is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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