Carlton, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) Christmas is coming and many Americans will again celebrate that holiday in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Military families left behind may have a hard time affording Christmas trees but the Northland's tree farmers are helping out.
Dave Anderson tells us how.
Jim and Bev Whorton run the Chub Lake Tree Farm near Carlton.
They moved to the Northland from Missouri in the early 70's.
"We're both farm people and wanted to grow something. It seemed the logical thing to grow in Minnesota was trees."
After growing trees in Cook for a few years, the Whartons moved to Carlton to start this tree farm.
Farming trees isn't as idyllic or as lucrative as it may seem.
"It's not just plant a tree and wait ten years and cut. There are so many things to do; water, buildings to work from and machines to do things."
Tree farming may not make Jim a millionaire but every year, he donates Christmas trees and money to a program called "Trees For Troops".
"One of the family members will be in Iraq or Afghanistan or somewhere. Maybe even the lady of the house. Not always is the gentleman the soldier in today's army."
Chub Lake Tree Farm and most of the rest of the region's tree farmers will be donating trees to families of service people on December fourth and fifth.
Army Guard soldiers will load trees on a Fed Ex truck for distribution.
Civilians can buy and donate a tree in their name for 25 dollars but that's not the only way to help.
"They don't have to put in a whole tree. They can put in pocket change or any amount into a jar on the counter."
Whorton is counting on people to come through and provide Christmas Trees to families of service people.
He's an Army vet himself.
"These folks are serving our nation and it's a small thing we can do collectively to help give them a little bit of Christmas."
Chub Lake Tree Farm is located between Carlton and Wrenshall on East Chub Lake Road.