Project EverGreen and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation have joined forces in creating a 14-song Christmas CD of traditional favorites as a fundraiser for two of the organizations’ major programs: GreenCare for Troops and Trees for Troops, respectively.
The album, entitled “A Big EverGreen Christmas,” is by Little Chicago, a band managed by Den Gardner, executive director of Project EverGreen. Gardner also plays percussion and sings in the band. The 12-piece band, based in New Prague, Minnesota, headquarters of Project EverGreen, produced the album as a volunteer project.
Proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to support GreenCare for Troops (the free lawn/landscape care service for military families where the major breadwinner is serving overseas) and Trees for Troops (a program of the National Christmas Tree Association’s non-profit group – the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation). This year, Trees for Troops will provide more than 15,000 free Christmas Trees to military families.
“Our band was looking for an opportunity to step up and help Project EverGreen and we always wanted to do a Christmas CD,” says Gardner. “We have a former military man in the band, our guitar player, and he embraced this idea with great enthusiasm and it all rubbed off on the rest of us. It was a great experience for a pair of worthy causes.”
Pam Helmsing, executive director of the National Christmas Tree Association and its foundation – the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation – says the project is intended to bring holiday joy for consumers everywhere and make them aware of these two important volunteer projects. “Without volunteers, we couldn’t do Trees for Troops and Project EverGreen couldn’t manage GreenCare for Troops. It’s as simple as that. We applaud Little Chicago for producing this CD and encourage everyone to donate $25 and buy a copy for family, friends, relatives and others.”
Project EverGreen is offering “A Big EverGreen Christmas” as a gift for any donation of $25 or more. Click Here to Donate.