Operation Holiday Cheer (formerly Trees for Troops)
All Military Branches
Multi-City - 12/05/2022
Mission applies to the following Region(s):
Region 7, Region 8, Region 9
About the Mission:
DHL has teamed up with Dees’ Nursery and the New York community to donate and deliver hundreds of Christmas trees and thousands of holiday letters, menorahs, decorations, and gifts to US servicemen and women serving their country abroad through the DHL Operation Holiday Cheer charitable program. The special holiday shipment will receive a send-off celebration on Monday, December 5, from Dees' Nursery and Florist in Oceanside and will be loaded onto an aircraft at the DHL gateway facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport. DHL will deliver the trees and holiday items to US servicemen and women serving their country abroad.
Local community and veterans groups, schools, and Nassau County dignitaries will help send off the shipment of holiday cheer – along with a special appearance by Santa bearing DHL gifts and performances by the American Bombshells.
A procession of local police departments and Patriot Guard Riders arrive at DHL’s JFK gateway with the shipment of trees, holiday items, and thousands of letters for U.S. troops serving in the Middle East. The shipment will be loaded by DHL employees, VFW, military and law enforcement personnel, PGR, and members of the community.
Rumor has it that Santa may do a flyover in his helicopter!
Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:
12/05/2022, 9:30 am
69 Atlantic Avenue
Oceanside NY 11572
Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:
Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:
Updated 8 March 2022
Based on the most current COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines: Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19, and CDC Guidelines of 3 March 2022, going forward, the Lead Ride Captain for any mission will be responsible for determining whether PGR members will have to mask up or not. Please ensure that you have a mask with you, should the need arise, and respect the LRC’s decision in these matters.
The festivities begin at Dees' Nursery in Oceanside at 10:00 a.m. sharp.
A ceremony will take place at Dee's followed by a police escort to JFK to the DHL Cargo Building where we will help load one of the tractor-trailers full of trees onto the plane. We plan to leave Dees' at 11:00 AM and arrive at JFK at 11:45 AM.
After the trees are loaded, we are invited for lunch in the DHL building upstairs. You must have a Photo ID with you if you plan on going inside for lunch.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?
Wayne Cohen - SRC Region 8 NY
BM - 12/27; MER