“I couldn’t say ‘no,’” Mary says, smiling, surrounded by tea cups and china. “It’s been a beautiful blessing, not only to those who pick from its branches but to me.”
Many people will give Mary items to hang on the tree. She’s got a handful of scarves she’s been holding all summer to wait for a chill in the air. Many of the items are gifts, given from strangers to people they may never know.
But Mary has met enough of them to know that a small blessing can go a long way. A man stood on the sidewalk Saturday, waiting for Mary to come by so he could say, “thank you.” Another woman pops in frequently to give a hug and tell Mary that when she was homeless that tree meant a lot.
Maybe it’s a chance to give all year long, Mary says, and share the blessings she’s been given.