This is probably the 13th year that DHL Express has been sending live Xmas trees to our Troops overseas. AaSP has been working with DHL since 2005 when they shipped over 25 packages to a Hawaii ARNG unit in Iraq for us. Since then we've been working together. Because AaSP has a great network of units overseas (this is our 14th year sending care packages overseas) we keep pretty well up to date (it's tough sometimes keeping track of our units). Well this year DHL asked us for units in AFG and again we provided contacts there to help them distro the trees. And our units got LIVE TREES!!! Special thanks to DHL's Cathy O'Reilly, Joe Lotz, Stevie Bruno and the entire team - as well as Dee's Nursery (Joe D) for bringing trees down from their farm in Maine. Also thanks to American Citizens for Soldiers and the local VFW (thru Big Ben Thompson, former NY State VFW Commander) for making this great project a continuing blessing for our Troops in the Middle East. Thanks guys!!!!
DHL Express Sends Trees to the Troops at the Speed of Yellow!!!!
On Monday, December 8, 2014, DHL Express brought Xmas trees to its Gateway at Kennedy Int'l Airport in Jamaica, NY. On Wednesday, 10 December, the trees began to arrive! That's what they call "The Speed of Yellow" at DHL!!! Thanks to Cathy O'Reilly, Cain Moodie, Bacchi Spiga, Alex Jauregui, Stevie Bruno and all the great team at DHL for this amazing Patriotic mission!!! Thank you!!!! This is the 10th year in a row DHL has been doing this for our Troops!!!! Amazing, Generous and SO PATRIOTIC!!!!
See some of the media clips and mentions of this great project:
DHL Ships Live Xmas Trees to Afghanistan for the Troops
For the 9th year in a row, DHL at JFK Airport in New York City shipped live Christmas trees to the Troops in the Middle East!
Special thanks to Cathy O'Reilly, Cain Moodie, Stevie and all the great folks at DHL for shipping live trees to our Troops in AFG for Xmas 2013! Thanks also to Dee's Nursery, Ben Thompson and the VFW, Jim Adelis and his security company and to all our PoCs in AFG who accepted the trees and are able to share them with your Troopers! DHL also sent Hannukah goodies earlier for the Jewish Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen! Thanks guys! You are the best!!!
DHL Trees For the Troops 2012 For the 8th year in a row, DHL Express is sending live Xmas trees to the Troops in AFG! AaSP is helping DHL with contacts and units in certain locations and we are so grateful to be part of this wonderful event!
DHL Express again teamed up with Dee's Nursery of Oceanside, NY; VFW of Nassau County, NY and Adelis Security to ship live Christmas trees to our Troops in AFG! On Monday, December 3, DHL held an exciting event at the Nursery and their Gateway at JFK Int'l Airport in New York City and loaded the live Maine trees for shipment to the Middle East for our Troops!
The trees have been arriving in AFG and we are getting pictures of the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen receiving them. We load the pics in the slide show above and we will update them as we receive. What a wonderful way to bring Christmas to our Troops! Thanks DHL!
AaSP's President Alan Krutchkoff was on hand and took the pictures and videos below. It was especially gratifying to see the outpouring of love for our Troops, since Dee's Nursery is smack in the center of an area hit very hard by Hurricane Sandy. It wasn't long ago that the Hurricane hit and this was a great sight to see the supporters, children and citizens of Nassau County, NY, in such an uplifting mood! Thanks Dee's Nursery, DHL Express, VFW and Adelis Security for making this happen. And thanks again to DHL Express for their incredible generosity and compassion!
DHL Xmas Trees Event 2011
Dee's Nursery and JFK Int'l Airport
5 December 2011
See Shout Out video below from one of our units getting trees!
Note: 8 January 2012: Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders were in Kuwait from 15 Dec through 19 Dec and got to see the live trees delivered to our units! You can see the trees and the impact they had in some of the pix above!
Another great year with DHL Express and Dee's Nursery out on Long Island, NY. The fine folks from DHL (thanks Cathy O'Reilly, Michael Taylor, Cain Moody, Dominick Saldilli, Pete Johnson, Hector and all the great team) are again extending themselves to ship live Christmas trees to our Troops -- this year in AFG and KUW. Our units will be the benefactors of many of these trees. Thank you DHL and thanks Cathy for all this amazing work. We know how much effort goes into all this!!!!
AaSP President Alan Krutchkoff attended the event on 5 December at Dee's Nursery in Oceanside, NY, and at the DHL JFK Int'l Airport Gateway. It was fantastic! And in addition to the trees, DHL is also shipping a lot of items AaSP and the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders need for their Military Appreciation Tour - Kuwait 2011! T-shirts, posters, Xbox consoles, cookies, Tour Cards (the Cheerleaders will sign these and give them to the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen over there) and other goodies are being shipped over by DHL to ensure they arrive safely for our Tour. THANK YOU DHL!!!!
ALSO want to thank the great folks at Dee's Nursery, Jim Adelis, Ben Thompson from the NY State VFW (a great supporter of our troops and their families), the Port Authority of NY/NJ, the Nassau County Police and all the local police departments for getting helping get the trees to JFK in motorcade (very cool), all the Veterans and the organizations that help and the school children and Nassau County, NY, Girl Scouts who all make this event so special. Thank you one and all!
DHL Xmas Trees Event 2010
Dee's Nursery and JFK Int'l Airport
7 December 2010
For the eighth year in a row, DHL Express has teamed up with Dee's Nursery and Adelis Int'l Security and the local VFW to ship live Christmas trees, lights and ornaments -- along with Menorahs -- to our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. It's a fantastic program and one which has benefitted Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and our units serving in harm's way in those countries.
For videos from various local NYC media, please CLICK HERE for all the links.
This year, we are proud that we are sending live trees to GEN David H. Petraeus, Commanding General NATO International Security Assistance Force. Thank you General and thank you DHL! More info later this week after the event... (thanks Cain M., Cathy O' and team!)
DHL Trees for Troops Event December 7, 2009 Pix and Video Below:
A-Btry, 2/218th FA, OR ARNG, decorate their MRAP with lights and Christmas trees from DHL and Dees' Nursery.
DHL Express Xmas Trees Shipment 2009 JFK Int'l Airport Gateway and Dees' Nursery, Oceanside, NY December 7 and 8, 2009
JFK Int'l Airport -- Since 2004, DHL has been shipping Xmas Trees to our troops in the Middle East. What started with a customer at Dees' Nursery in Oceanside, NY, grew with Jim Adelis at Adelis Int'l Security (whose son was deployed to Iraq at the time) and the willingness, generosity, compassion and patriotism from DHL Express and its employees.
This is the fourth year that Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon has worked with DHL to put Xmas trees into their units in Iraq and Afghanistan. These trees bring holiday spirit and a taste of home to our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen in the war zone in the Middle East. They are a welcome sight indeed!
Thanks to the team at DHL, Dees' Nursery, Adelis Int'l Security, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Port Authority, State, County and local police and fire department units and all the civic groups who participate in this valient effort! See the pictures below to get a sense of the event and also some of our soldiers who received the trees in IRQ and AFG. Special thanks for our Special Angel Cathy O'!
AaSP Adoptee 1LT Brett Robertson and 2-113th INF FRG Director Lorrayne Mercier-Robertson at the DHL event at Dees' Nursery on Dec 7. LT Robertson was at Camp Bucca last year when trees arrived for the unit from DHL.