Business and neighbors replace burned Christmas tree

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Christmas is a time of giving and that was exactly the case in Birmingham. Lots of folks are helping to replace Birmingham's Christmas tree in Linn Park.

Officials say it was set on fire by someone trying to steal copper from the electrical box that powered the tree.

The city wasn't going to replace the tree because it would of cost more than 7 grand.

The folks at 98.7 KISS FM heard about the situation and acted quickly to help. The radio station purchased a 32-foot Leyland Cypress from a tree farm in Tarrant to replace the old tree.

Lights and ornaments were also bought by 98.7.

Several local agencies and surrounding municipalities also pitched in by donating decorations for the new tree. City officials are grateful for how kind and giving everyone has been.

Mayor William Bell said, "It's very important that everyone realize that that's not city hall's tree that was burned. That was the city's tree we all are sharing that concern."

Danielle Baskin said, "That's awesome. I'm just excited that we are going to put a new tree out. It definitely adds an extra sparkle to the city of Birmingham."

The new tree will be put up and decorated Thursday.

Everyone who helped to replace the tree will be there for a special ceremony at 9:30am at Linn Park. 98.7 is inviting everyone to come out and bring an ornament to put on the new tree.

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