Michael Hill, of Associated Press, posted this on December 5, 2017:
“Old Rockefeller Center Trees never really die, they just get built into the wall frames and floor supports of affordable homes. For the past decade, the ornament–laden trees that have been lit up with glitz, songs, and dancing Rockettes have gone to be milled into lumber and used in dozens of Habitat for Humanity homes from Philadelphia to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Each tree yields a truckload of 100 or more boards, all stamped with an image of the tree and the year it was on display.”
One recipient, homeowner Keith Smith, shared that he cannot see the unique wood in his home from the 2015 tree, but adds “he feels it.” He appreciated his family’s connection to the annual lighting extravaganza in Manhattan.
John D. Rockefeller, a very generous man to both the Church and our nation, would be proud. I believe that God is also smiling as the trees continue to give shelter, joy, and hope to others.
This Christmas season, a season of giving, I invite you to count your blessings and give thanks for God’s gift to you: Jesus, the Christ, our Savior, the hope of the world.
May you discover new ways to share with others all that God has given you!