NEWBURGH – For many it’s not officially the holidays until you get a Maine grown Christmas tree, and Monday some people in Newburgh were making sure military members get one too.
Monday morning at Piper Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Newburgh veterans gave a helping hand, loading 300 Christmas trees for some who can’t be home for the holidays.
“There’s nothing better than a real, Maine Christmas tree,” said Mac McCullen, the owner of Piper Mountain Christmas Tree Farm.
The trees are going to a Marine Corps Air Station in South Carolina where they’ll be distributed.
Trees for Troops is an organization that provides some Christmas spirit for military families and military bases both here and abroad.
For Piper Mountain’s owner, who was stationed in Iraq, the mission is personal.
“I walked into the dining facility one day and I saw a Christmas tree…and that smell hits you, and just like a good song takes you back to the first place that you heard it, so does a Christmas tree, it takes you home,” said McCullen.
These Christmas trees came to Newburgh from all over Maine.
The people loading them were from local veterans’ groups, like the American Legion.
Some have taken part in this for the past few years.
“It’s always a sense of home, I was stationed in Germany … you always miss the holidays, especially here in Maine with the snow and trees and stuff,” said Carolyn Munster, a veteran who was lending a hand Monday.
Others helped for the first time.
“The trees that are real, they’re not perfect and there’s just something about the smell and not having that perfect tree, it’s the tree you grew up with as a child,” said Philip Winchester, another veteran helping out.
The trees were also sent off with donated ornaments.
Next stop – a special delivery, home grown in Maine.