PARSIPPANY, NJ - Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, County Clerk Ann Grossi and Mayor Michael Soriano joined Cerbo's Parsippany Greenhouses in preparing Christmas trees for delivery to U.S. armed forces and military families through the national “Trees for Troops” program on Sunday December 8th. Operating its 15th year, “Trees for Troops” provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season.  Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill also stopped by to lend her support.

"I was really proud and honored to be able to contribute through the County Clerk's office who took up a collection for the event.  Being there today was one of the greatest days in Parsippany that I can recall", said County Clerk Ann Grossi

Over three hundred (300) trees were tagged and prepared for delivery today.

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“The Cerbo family is graciously supporting the “Trees for Troops” effort again this year, and I’m delighted to be joining them as volunteers prepare freshly cut Christmas trees for delivery to a base in Texas this year,” Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce said.

Cerbo’s Parsippany Greenhouses, a family-owned business since 1913, also operates Cerbo’s Christmas Tree Farm in Branchville and Cerbo’s Hampton Nursery in Newton.

“Last year we had our first year of involvement with “Trees for Troops.” The organization helps facilitate the donation of Christmas trees to military service members across the country in partnership with businesses like ours. We receive donations for trees from people or businesses and then prepare them from our farm to be sent out of our garden center in Parsippany. In our first year, last year, we were able to donate over 110 trees,” said Tyler Cerbo, who manages sales and marketing for the family business.

"Santa Claus's appearance filled everyone with holiday cheer and put a nice cap on this important event for our military families nation-wide! God Bless our troops and their families during the Christmas season and every day" posted Assemblywoman DeCroce.

This year, the  trees are destined for Fort Sam Houston, which is part of the Joint Base San Antonio in Texas and under the jurisdiction of the United States Air Force, 502nd Air Base Wing, Air Education and Training Command.

Cindy Cerbo was handing out Santa Hats to all the volunteers. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill also showed up toward the end of the event to help as well.

The trees were harvested this past week by the Cerbo family and employees, as well as some veterans and volunteers with the Paterson-based Harvest Outreach Ministry International, a non-denominational and multicultural ministry serving Northern New Jersey area and beyond.