Vote for Your Favorite Gifting Tree

Story and photos by Lindsey Chester.

Cary, NC – Have you traveled down Academy Street lately? Noticed all the weirdly wonderful Christmas trees that are lining the street? They are part of a Christmas Tree decorating contest with a twist!

Gifting Tree Project

The decorated trees lining South Academy Street are part of the Gifting Tree Project. From Town of Cary:

Cary organizations can decorate a tree along Academy Street to reflect the theme of giving. The winning tree will receive a donation to the non-profit group of their choice.

The Public Votes

Cast your vote  for People’s Choice before the December 8th deadline!

Each tree has the groups’ name and number nearby. The themes of the trees reflect on the idea of “Giving.”

Visitors are encouraged to vote on the tree they like best by placing a ballot in the container nearest their favorite tree.

Here’s a few snaps of some of my favorites.

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3 replies
  1. Bootsie Harris
    Bootsie Harris says:

    We had so much fun participating in the Gifting Tree project! All of the trees are beautiful. Our theme reflects the Allen Tate Company commitment to supporting public education each year through our FUNDAY event in October. Money raised during that event go to Wake Education Partnership and The Poe Center for Public Education. Strong schools build strong communities and strong communities build strong schools!

  2. Lindsey Chester
    Lindsey Chester says:

    Thanks Boostie for your comment- we are so glad you saw the story and that your company decided to participate!

  3. Betsy Dassau
    Betsy Dassau says:

    Thanks for covering this inaugural event, Lindsey! At Cary Creative (reuse)Center we wanted to give back to the community which has so generously embraced us and our mission to promote creative expression and environmental awareness. Our tree is made entirely from reuse- all donated materials including the tree! made from branches donated by the Herb Young Center when the trunk went missing and they didn’t want to just throw the branches out, to the base and trunk that our own Mark Burden built from hockey sticks. All of the ornaments are made from upcycled materials without using any glue and the train is gifted to us by our patron, Elaine Friedrich from reuse materials.We had great fun making the ornaments and decorating the tree. We hope people will come out and vote to make sure the organizations know we are making a difference in the Cary community!

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