FORT HOOD, Texas — Trees for Troops has donated hundreds of trees to be given away to Fort Hood Soldiers in grades E-1 to E-4 beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Phantom Warrior Stadium here.

E-5 and above, and all DoD cardholders pick up times are from noon until all trees are gone.

Everyone must present a valid military identification card at the time of pick-up. Please come prepared to load your own tree and bring tie down ropes or string.

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, sponsorship, grants and the work of many volunteers. For more information visit

Federal Express delivers the trees to military bases free of charge. Trees are provided on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. One tree per household only.

Media interested in attending the event should call (254) 291-2317 by 4 p.m. Dec. 8. On Dec. 9, media should meet the Public Affairs escort at 9:30 a.m. in the south-side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitor Center.