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The smell of a fresh Christmas tree can instantly evoke thoughts of family and friends during the holiday season.

That's the thinking of FedEx, which has partnered with the Christmas Spirit Foundation to deliver real Christmas trees to U.S. military members and their families to thank them for their service.

This year, FedEx has shipped 18,000 trees across the U.S. and the globe.

Friday on "Happening Now," Jenna Lee interviewed Marvin Hill, a project management advisor at FedEx Freight and a U.S. Army veteran.

Hill discussed the collaboration between FedEx and the Christmas Spirit Foundation 12 years ago to form the Trees for Troops program, which has delivered trees to service members in every branch of the military across 17 countries.

"The goal of Trees for Troops and FedEx is to deliver Christmas to service members and their families in the United States and overseas," said Hill, who served 35 years in the military including multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition to a military member receiving a Christmas tree abroad, the soldier's family also receives a tree here on American soil.

Since the program began in 2005, FedEx has shipped more than 190,000 trees to service members and their families.

Watch the above clip to learn how you can contribute to this cause.


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