U.S Forest Service spreads holiday cheer

Dec 6, 2014 7:38 PM by Charlene Cheng

Smoke jumping demonstrations, a chance to get up close and personal with a couple of pack mules, and in depth nature lessons.

It's not your typical holiday celebration, but for the 70 kids invited to take part in the U.S. Forest Service's Operation Holiday Cheer event, it was a day they'll never forget.

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest started the tradition in 2004 to help disadvantaged children experience the outdoors.

"Some of these kids might not get a Christmas tree, they might not get the presents that they wanted, so we try to bring some of that holiday cheer with a bit of a forest spin today," Andrea Capps said.

Each participating family was sent home with a souvenir freshly chopped from the McCloud Ranger District, an official U.S. Forest tree.

And thanks to Toys for Tots, every child went home with a couple of presents from Santa to put under their new tree.


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