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Troops Get Christmas Trees

Some 900 Christmas trees will be given away to Marines and their families at Camp Pendleton today as part of an annual "Trees for Troops" program.

The program, which is sponsored by the Christmas Spirit Foundation and FedEx, has delivered more than 67,000 trees to service members on U.S. military bases and overseas since it began in 2005, according to Camp Pendleton's public affairs office.

Today, 300 trees are set to be given away beginning at 8 a.m. at the San Onofre Community Center and an additional 600 are slated to be distributed beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Mainside Fire Station.

Organizers said the event will also include holiday cookie decorating, face painting, magicians, crafts and visits with Santa Claus. Disney star Madison Pettis will also be at the Mainside Fire Station.

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