“We get to celebrate Veteran’s Day in a special way at Kaleidoscope Farms,” said farm owner Dave Reese. “We participate in the Operation Evergreen Program that sends around 100 Christmas trees, complete with handmade ornaments, to troops stationed overseas for the holidays.”
On the Sunday prior to Veteran’s Day, area veterans are invited to come and select Christmas trees from the farm to cut for the program. Local elementary students, high schools students and community groups also visit the farm to present the ornaments they have made to the veterans. Last year there were well over 3,000 ornaments brought to the farm.
The trees and ornaments then go from the farm to the Ohio Department of Agriculture on Nov. 13 where they are inspected and shipped to U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East.
This year’s Operation Evergreen event will be held at the farm on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Operation Evergreen is possible thanks to $16,000 in donations to cover the shipping cost of the program.
For more information about Kaleidoscope Farms, visit kaleidoscopefarms.com or call Reese at 419-722-1154.