Chilly temperatures made it feel like Christmas for the soldiers, spouses and children who stood in line at Fort Hood Stadium on Thursday, waiting to receive free Christmas trees as part of the annual Trees for Troops program.

Wearing winter coats, gloves and hats, those who waited appreciated the chance to receive a free tree.

“It’s awesome,” said Stephanie Krupp, whose husband is currently training at Fort Irwin, California.

“It’s the first time I’ll have a real tree.”

This year, 300 trees are being distributed to Fort Hood soldiers and their families, according to Brandi Crist of Fort Hood’s Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

A program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, Trees for Troops provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to members of all U.S. military branches and their families.

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