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Monday, November 23, 2009

Sharing the Spirit of the Season

One of the best things about the holiday season is taking time for caring and sharing and letting other people know how much they mean to us. This is at the heart what's become a holiday tradition for all of us at Tagawa's: the Trees for Troops program.

Trees for Troops supplies fresh-cut Christmas trees to members of the military and their families. For every $20 donation, Tagawa's and other members of Garden Centers of America donate the remaining cost of a full-sized Christmas tree. FedEx will deliver the trees for free--by land and by air--to more than fifty American military bases in the United States and overseas.

The National Christmas Tree Foundation, and its charitable wing, the Christmas Spirit Foundation, started the Trees for Troops program just four years ago. Since then, Trees for Troops has provided real Christmas trees to more than 50,000 men and women in uniform..... or in many cases, the families they've left behind while they were deployed. The Trees for Troops goal this year is to provide 15,000 beautiful, fragrant trees free-of-charge to brighten the holidays for people who give so much all year long.

Tagawa Gardens is the only garden center in Colorado participating in the Trees for Troops program, but we would also encourage your support for the only other Trees for Troops outlet in Colorado. It's at the Cherry Creek Calvary Temple Church at University and Alameda. We're happy to join them in Trees for Troops and our mutual goal of honoring members of the American military. Together, Tagawa's and Cherry Creek Calvary Temple can help Coloradoans extend a simple but heart-felt "thank you" to the men and women who help keep our country safe.

Donations for Trees for Troops will be collected through December 6th. The trees will be packed up and sent on their way December 7th... in plenty of time for Christmas.

Making a donation to Trees for Troops is one of many reasons to come to Tagawa's this time of year. A huge variety of more than 1,000 fresh Christmas trees has begun to fill our indoor tree lot. The fragrance alone is amazing!

We also have fresh wreaths and garlands to give your home an old-fashioned holiday touch. And we'd urge you to try creating your own "Porch Pot," using specially-harvested "spruce tops," and greenery such as Princess Pine and Incense Cedar. This mid-western tradition has made its way to Colorado. Tagawa's is proud to have Rob Proctor from 9News offering several classes in porch pots and other holiday decorations. Check our website http://www.tagawagardens.com/ for the schedule and details.

And we can't forget the poinsettias! An entire section of Tagawa's is filling up with the reds... the rich winter whites and soft pinks of this wonderful holiday plant. We'll be bringing in more than 4,000 poinsettias for you to choose from.... tall, small and in-between.

Don't miss sharing part of your "Spirit of the Season" with your friends at Tagawa's. Say "thanks" to someone serving in uniform. And know that we wish you and your family the best the holidays have to offer.

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