Coast Guard’s Holiday Spirit

The U.S. Coast Guard works day in and day out on our waterways and is often involved with assorted rescues. But recently, they were helping people in an entirely different way.

The Coast Guard Cutter Alder—the “Christmas Ship” —delivered 750 trees from Michigan to Chicago’s Navy Pier to be distributed to needy families. This tradition started in the early 1900s by Captain Herman Schuenemann when he brought thousands of trees to Chicago families.

The Coast Guard became involved in 2000 when the city once again renewed its interest in providing trees to the less fortunate.

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