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Submitted by on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 12:00pm.

CAMP LEJEUNE -- A big dose of Christmas spirit rolled into Camp Lejeune Monday.

The Christmas Spirit Foundation and Fed Ex spent the morning making a very special delivering to marines and their families.

That was the mission for nearly 800 marines and their families. Hundreds of cars lined up to pick up their free Christmas tree.

Laurie Howard said, "It makes the holidays a little bit brighter and it makes it to where you feel all warm inside and we've got family coming down for the holidays so it's going to be nice having our first real Christmas tree in our first real house."

It's the third year families, like the Howards, have had the chance to get a free Christmas tree courtesy of Fed Ex.

Fed Ex rep. "it's something that we like to do. It's a pay back sort of to say thank you to the many families and men and women, the troops today that are supporting us and giving us our freedom."

Christmas trees have been donated and are being dropped off here at Camp Lejeune and for some marines and their families the trees are more than just Christmas decorations."

Howard said, "It just makes us happy to know that people out there take care of the troops and support us after all and stuff because the military doesn't get paid as much as people might think."

Laurie's husband, Sgt. Scott Howard agrees, saying, "It feels good to be home for the holidays for once, and it is nice to have a helping hand this time of year."

Christmas tree growers and retailers donate the trees. This year 17,000 trees will be delivered to over 40 different US military facilities.

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