Community Pours out concerns on Christmas Prayer Tree

The Charlotte Observer Empty Stocking Fund


As parents streamed into the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau this fall to register their children for toys during the holiday season, they were always asked a final question: Do you have a prayer request?

Those who answered “yes” scrawled their intentions on small white cards and tied them to a Christmas tree.

Now, as toys, bikes and stockings flood into the hectic bureau, the tall tree sits calmly in the corner, covered with hundreds of those prayer cards that bear the worries of Charlotte’s low-income population. A majority are written in Spanish.

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Photo: David T. Foster III