Christmas Tree help from El Dorado County
...Trees for Troops began as an idea of former El Dorado County supervisor Carl Borelli during the Vietnam War. Working with Larry Hyder, owner of Indian Rock Tree Farm, the program sent tabletop-sized Silvertip fir trees to El Dorado County troops deployed overseas. Hyder was a willing collaborator, having welcomed packages from wife, Geri, while he was deployed in Korea in the 1950s.
Through the years, the program has grown and become more defined and, for 35 years, the Hyders have put together and mailed the boxes containing the Silvertips, letters of support from students and community members, ornaments from Boys & Girls Club members and Scout troops, small gifts, fudge from Abel’s Acres, toothbrushes, neck coolers, popcorn, stuffed animals and anything else that fits in the box that people want to donate. Even the containers themselves are a gift from Barry at the UPS store on Broadway.
The trees have been sent to Forward Operating Bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, to jungles in Vietnam, to ships, and even to ...