DHL Operation Holiday Cheer Delivers Joy to US Troops Overseas For The 18th Consecutive Year
DHL Express is once again delivering the gift of joy to soldiers who find themselves far from family and friends this season.
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The company is sending hundreds of freshly cut Christmas trees with lights, ornaments, decorations, and more to US servicemen and women stationed in Kuwait and Bahrain – along with hundreds of handwritten letters from school children back home.
For the past 18 years, DHL has coordinated this very special delivery – known as Operation Holiday Cheer – in partnership with Dees’ Nursery and many charitable organizations from the NYC-metropolitan area.
“We’re pleased to show our appreciation for the brave men and women who serve to keep us safe. And through Operation Holiday Cheer, we can lift their spirits and give them a touch of home this year. We are proud to donate our global shipping network to deliver Christmas trees and other holiday reminders of home to these troops, who otherwise might not have had access to trees—especially with the short supply we’ve been seeing as a result of the pandemic.”DHL Express US CEO Greg Hewitt
Operation Holiday Cheer kicked off on Monday, December 6, with a celebration at Dees’ Nursery in Oceanside, NY. The event featured local community members, veterans groups, schoolchildren and Nassau County dignitaries – as well as Santa himself, who appeared bearing gifts from DHL.
The children read letters they wrote to soldiers, followed by a performance of holiday and patriotic songs by the Broadway Carolers.
From Long Island-based Dees’ Nursery, a police motorcade escorted the special convoy to the DHL Gateway facility at JFK International Airport, where the holiday decorations and letters were loaded aboard a DHL 767 jet.
After a quick stop at the DHL Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) hub, the donated items will be flown nonstop to the DHL Bahrain hub, where they will be dispatched to US military personnel in the region.
In addition to the trees from Dees’ Nursery, the other holiday contributions were donated by generous community organizations, including Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund, Proctor-Hopson Post 1896 Veterans of Foreign Wars, John McLaughlin VFW Post 8540 and other VFW chapters in New York State.
DHL Operation Holiday Cheer Began in 2004
DHL Operation Holiday Cheer began in 2004 when the mother of an Iraq-based US soldier asked Dees’ Nursery if she could send a Christmas tree to him. The nursery insisted on donating the tree but needed help with shipping. That’s when Dees’ owner, Tom Di Dominica, Sr., mentioned his mission to businessman Jim Adelis, who then contacted DHL Express – and it all began.
Since that single tree was shipped in 2004, DHL Operation Holiday Cheer has transported more than 12,000 trees from the Dees’ farm in Maine, providing a special holiday experience for soldiers serving our country overseas.
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Can students write holidays letters? If so, when and where should they send them?
This seems to be in partnership with Dee’s Nursery and other charity organizations around NYC so I’m not sure how you would go about having students write letters to be included in this