Jose Rivera-Rodriguez is about to celebrate his first Christmas in the States. This year, it will be with his first fresh tree.
Amanda Rodriguez wasn't planning to have a Christmas tree at all this year. Her plans have changed.
They were among the members of the Maryland National Guard and their families who came to the Wilkens Avenue parking lot of the Hubbard Funeral Home to pick up one of the Christmas trees given away in the Trees for Troops program, on a warm Dec. 8.
Daniel Simons, managing partner of Hubbard, came up with the idea on Thanksgiving.
He and his wife, Heather, were looking online for inspiration when they came upon a program in which Christmas...