DHL Express will deliver 500 fresh-cut Christmas trees and other festive items for US troops stationed abroad.
The trees, along with thousands of handwritten letters, menorahs, festive decorations and other gifts will arrive at US bases in Afghanistan, Bahrain and Kuwait to give service members a traditional holiday experience.
DHL Operation Holiday Cheer, a charitable programme DHL runs in partnership with the New York community, is in its 16th year.
The operation kicks off on Monday 9 December, with a celebration at New York-based Dees’ Nursery, where community members, veteran groups, school children and Nassau County dignitaries including Santa will appear bearing gifts from DHL.
From Dees, a police motorcade will escort the vehicles to the DHL Gateway facility at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport.
From there, DHL employees, the VFW, law enforcement personnel and members of the community will work together loading the donations onto a DHL aircraft.
After a stop at the DHL America Hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport, a DHL Boeing 777 Freighter will travel non-stop to Bahrain where the special cargo will be dispatched to military bases and troops stationed in the Middle East.
Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express US says: “The holiday season is especially difficult for our servicemen and women overseas, who sacrifice celebrating with their friends and family to instead protect our nation’s freedom. DHL is honoured to be able to partner with local organisations to bring a little bit of the love, support and holiday cheer from home directly to our troops abroad.”