Cherry Point Marines receive free Christmas trees

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Lance Cpl. Nekia Taylor, of Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28, prepares a tree for delivery to fellow Marine families at the annual Christmas tree giveaway Monday at Cherry Point. About xx trees were given away on Monday.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 06:15 PM.

The aroma of balsam firs from Nova Scotia scented the air as more than 600 Christmas trees were delivered to Marine Corps families aboard Cherry Point Monday morning.

“It’s piney. It smells fresh,” said Lance Cpl. Nekia Taylor, of Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28, as she joined about 20 Marines in offloading the trees from Federal Express trucks that had brought the trees from Bangor, Maine, after they were delivered from Canada.

“I just like lending a helping hand and just getting in the spirit of Christmas,” Taylor said. “Everyone seems jolly and happy, and it’s good to see the different families come down and just put a smile on their face. It’s just good to see people smile and get into the spirit of Christmas and lend a helping hand.”

Beth McKenzie marketing director for Marine Corps Community Services, helped organize the annual free Christmas tree delivery through the Christmas Spirit Foundations, which provides free Christmas trees to 62 bases in the United States and abroad.

“It’s been at least six or seven years that they’ve been doing it here at Cherry Point and every year it gets bigger and bigger,” she said.

She said the base received about 500 trees last year and got 600 this year.

“We’ve already got people lined up for a couple of miles down the road so I think we’ll probably distribute most of those,” she said Monday morning.

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