Sending holiday cheer to WI soldiers in Iraq

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Thousands of Wisconsin National Guard soldiers will still be serving overseas this holiday season. That’s why one group is sending some Christmas cheer their way.

The women are part of Wisconsin’s Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They were in Eau Claire Friday for a fall workshop.

That’s when they decorated tiny trees they’ll ship to Wisconsin soldiers serving in Iraq.

"We just knew this would be a great thing to do,” said organizer, Julie Stuhlmacher.

Julie says she organized the first-time event with her family in mind.

"My son was in Iraq,” she said. “He was first boots-to-ground and we sent him a Christmas tree and he thought that was one of the best gifts he ever got."

Come November, the ladies will send a tree, a card and some goodies to as many Wisconsin soldiers as they can. The special delivery should get to Iraq by December 1st.

"I hope they enjoy them,” said one crafter. “I hope it makes their Christmas better."

"I'm really sure that the guys and the gals over there are going to appreciate the opportunity to celebrate,” added another.

Brightening the holidays for Wisconsin’s heroes.

"Who doesn't want to make Christmas happy for a soldier,” Julie smile.

The ladies decorated about 150 trees at the gathering – but, we’ve got about 3,200 National Guard soldiers serving in Iraq.

A donation of $20 will get one of them a special Christmas delivery.

You can send a donation check, payable to “Trees 4 Troops” to:

Trees 4 Troops
Attn: Julie Stuhlmacher
WSDAR State Project Patriot Chairman
2130 W. Brantwood Ave.
Glendale, WI 53209-3414


The deadline for donations is October 19th.

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