Delivering the spirit of Christmas to military families
– one Christmas Tree at a time.
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"Thank you for the beautiful tree. It made all the difference in the Christmas photos and brought holiday cheer to the HHT 1-108th Christmas party. Thanks for all you do for the troops and their families."
- Jennifer

"Thank you for the Christmas tree! This year, my husband and I celebrated our first Christmas together as newlyweds. He waited in line for hours at Scott Air Force Base and received one of the last trees on the lot. When he brought it home, we decorated with the ornaments we had and added the ornaments that a local Girl Scout troop gave John on base. This was each of our first Christmas tree. It is such a blessing to celebrate together this year since he was deployed in Iraq last Christmas. Thank you for adding to the blessing."
- Sarah

The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation is grateful to have received the following awards for our efforts throughout the years.

Spirit of Hope Award

Trees for Troops was honored in October 2017 as a recipient of the 2017 Spirit of Hope Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon. The Spirit of Hope Award, established in 1997, is named for comedian and actor Bob Hope and recognizes current and former military members, civilians and organizations that epitomize his values of patriotism, loyalty, freedom and dedication.  Captain Sean Carroll, chief, Office of External Outreach & Heritage, Governmental and Public Affairs Directorate, U.S. Coast Guard, presided over the ceremony, which recognized honorees associated with all military branches, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Each branch nominates potential honorees. Trees for Troops was nominated by the Coast Guard Community Services Command.

Best in America Seal of Excellence

Best in America Seal of Excellence
The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation has been awarded the Best in America Seal of Excellence. The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to charities that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the U.S. Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this seal.

Top 20 Finalist - Joining Forces Campaign

Joining Forces Community Challenge
On April 11, 2012, Trees for Troops was recognized at the White House on the one-year anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative, started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Trees for Troops was one of 20 organizations nationwide selected for recognition as finalists in the Joining Forces Community Challenge, which honors organizations that provide service and support to military families.

Halo Award - Best Local/National Integration (Silver Category)

Cause Marketing Forum
In 2009, CSF received a Halo Award for its implementation of Trees for Troops. This award recognizes outstanding cause marketing campaigns, which is an alliance between a non-profit and a corporate entity who join together for a cause.

Associations Advance America Awards (Summit Award & Award of Excellence)

American Society of Association Executives
In 2008, CSF received the Summit Award, the highest possible award an organization can receive through ASAE's Associations Advance America program. The Summit Award recognizes organizations for superior service in bettering communities, fostering volunteer efforts, and harnessing collective will and expertise. In 2006 and 2007, CSF was the recipient of the Award of Excellence through ASAE's program.

Silver Anvil (Award of Excellence)

Public Relations Society of America
In 2006, CSF was honored with a PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence for its work on the Trees for Troops program. The Silver Anvil recognizes the highest standards of performance in the public relations profession in the areas of research, planning, execution and evaluation.