Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Operation Christmas Tree

The USPS News Link reports that it took just five days for USPS and the Military Postal Service (MPS) to ship 5,000 donated Christmas trees from Maryland to Camp Mosul, Iraq.

U.S. Army postal personnel at Camp Mosul loaded Christmas trees in a sea-land container for delivery to other bases in Iraq.

The trees were then delivered by MPS in Iraq, in less than a week in most cases.

The shipment — enough to fill 61 pallets in two 53-foot semi trailers — was for the nonprofit organization Operation Christmas Tree.

The journey began in Westminster, MD, as 350 Operation Christmas Tree volunteers prepared and addressed the packages to individual service members. USPS picked them up Dec. 3 and trucked them to Newark, NJ, where they were prepared and loaded on a Boeing 747.

The trees arrived in Bahrain on Dec. 5 and were sorted for Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait. Deliveries were reported Dec. 7 in Balad, Iraq and Dec. 8 in Camp Mosul.

For more on Operation Chritmas Tree, click here.

Photo courtesy of Kalitta Air.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM