WASHINGTON — A ‘hanging Christmas’ Christmas tree in New Jersey’s Williamsburgh has raised $25.3 million for charities including the Red Cross, the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services and the New York Red Cross.
The tree, which is located in a residential neighborhood near a school, was installed on Christmas Eve to honor former President Barack Obama.
The tree was placed on a street that runs through the neighborhood and was donated to the Williamsburg Community Foundation.
The fund was announced Thursday by New Jersey Gov.
“This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and the city,” Christie said.
“This tree represents the spirit of the holidays and it is our way of giving back to those who give the gift of Christmas.”
The donation was announced after a $30 million donation by the New England Patriots to the New Hampshire Red Cross was announced.
The Tree of Joy was installed in Williamsburg in the early 1990s and was originally slated to be a $2 million ornament, but the New Yorker said that was not true.
The city later changed the number of the donation to $25 million, Christie said in a statement.
“I think it is great that the city of Williamsburg, New Jersey, has decided to give to the Red Red Cross to help the Red-Red-Blue Family and their many causes and this Tree of Happiness will represent this gesture to New Yorkers,” Christie added.
“As I have said, I think it’s a great time to be able to donate a tree,” he added.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with this great charity.”
The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (DHPED) is donating $25 of the $25m to the local Red Cross Fund, with the remainder to the state’s largest homeless agency.
“The donation of $25 Million in 2017 is a significant contribution to our city’s homeless population,” said DPED Executive Director Dan Ritchie in a written statement.
“Our work has helped to end homelessness in our community by giving people access to safe, affordable housing, providing support to individuals, and providing housing to those in need.”
The Red Cross has given more than $2 billion to homeless and vulnerable people across the United States.