CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - Roughly 900 donated Christmas trees will be distributed to troops and their families at Camp Pendleton later this week, base officials announced Tuesday.
The eighth annual Trees for Troops program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Rattlesnake Canyon Road parking lot on the North County Marine Corps installation, according to Pendleton's public affairs office.
Santa Claus and costumed characters from SeaWorld San Diego are scheduled to be on hand. Other planned activities include a craft and hobby workshop, face painting, music, bounce houses, a children's obstacle course and paintball.
The program is sponsored by the nonprofit Christmas Spirit Foundation, which annually donates an average of 17,000 Christmas trees to more than 60 military bases across the country.
Many of the trees going to the troops were purchased over the past weekend by civilians at one of more than 30 participating Christmas tree lots and farms around the country and shipped by FedEx to the various military bases, according to the foundation's website. Online monetary donations also were accepted.