The season of giving is in full swing at Farmside Acres in Cornwall. The farm is doing what it does best: making sure everyone has a tree for Christmas, including those who are serving our nation.
"My grandfather was a colonel in the Air Force and my other grandfather was stationed overseas in World War II, and especially with West Point in our area -- we have the Air National Guard and the Marine Corps -- there's just such a strong military connection. This is what we can do as Christmas tree farmers to give back," said Leigh Nannini from Farmside Acres.
For over a decade, they've participated in Trees for Troops, a nationwide program that provides free, farm grown Christmas trees to active duty military and their families.
Schmitt is in the National Guard and knows that a little gesture can make a big difference.
"It can really change somebody's life, change a family's life," Schmitt said.
This is the 11th year Farmside Acres is participating in Trees for Troops. They say it keeps getting bigger and bigger.
"So our first collection was 200 trees, and we thought that we was amazing and that we couldn't do any better, and here we are at 1,100 trees, so next year we are going for 1,500," Nannini said.
Adults, children, active duty and retired military came out Tuesday to load the trees onto the trucks. Nannini said she's grateful for all the donations that made this possible.
"So we have community volunteers, we have the local farm donating the breakfast, we have the local newspaper donating the ad space, we have community volunteers ... I mean, everyone really comes together to make this event what it is," Nannini said.