A year after James Ward, a laid-off truck driver from Westminster, MD, started Operation Christmas Tree the project has grown into a national effort and shipped 5,000 potted trees this holiday season. James started Operation Christmas Tree in 2006 to cheer up his deployed stepdaughter and her unit in Iraq. Local businesses, and the Armed Forces Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit helping the families of deployed troops, contributed $80,000. The troops' family members paid the remaining costs.

Implications - These 5,000 potted trees to deployed troops is a heartwarming story. James Ward sent the troops the trees after his daughter was deployed in Iraq. This truly makes in the spirit of giving and caring for others that Christmas is might to stand for.