Along I-30 in Ft Worth for 30 years – have you seen the ‘Homeless Christmas Tree?’
At one time, Carla Christian was homeless. When she got back on her feet, she felt a connection to the homeless and started decorating the little mimosa tree on a barren hill along I-30 in east Fort Worth so the homeless would have something to call their own. Carla decorated it for years without fanfare, until she got too old. Carla passed away in 2006.
Passersby notice it wasn’t decorated and begin to stop, climb the steep hill and add decorations. What has been named “The Homeless Christmas Tree” also got decorations on other holidays like Easter, the 4th of July, 9-11, and other seasonal events. There’s a book about it. You can get it on Amazon.
Sadly, after many years, the mimosa tree started to whither and die. Only a stump is left. A tree specialist collected seeds from the original tree and planted eight saplings. One of those saplings was planted up on the hill right next to the original tree. The man who planted it was Carla’s son.
It may take quite a while, but Carla’s message of looking out for the homeless will continue to grow on a hill on I-30 for years and years to come.