November 16, 2011

The Homeless Christmas Tree

“Of what use is one ugly little tree?”

Atop a windswept hill, a crooked little tree stands alone . . . until one Christmas Eve, when an old woman labors up the hill with a box of ornaments, and tells the tree that he is special. He is to be the official Christmas tree for all of the homeless people in the city below!

 A formerly homeless woman decorated the tree, year after year, so that the homeless would have a Christmas tree. When she died, neighbors took over the custom and now decorate it for Easter, Halloween, and other holidays as well. It can be seen on the north side of Interstate 30 near the Oakland exit.

Jeff from JML Photoworks has captured the beauty and spirit of this lovely tree through the lens of his camera and is sharing it in a set of Christmas cards

If you would like to know more about the tree and the book that was inspired by it visit The Homeless Christmas Tree website