The Port City’s largest tree is ready to light up the skyline.
Located at Long Wharf, the Harbour Lights tree has long been a beacon in the city. It signifies Christmas and generosity. As people buy bulbs, money supports 13 community food banks from St. Stephen to Sussex.
Each bulb is $2 and a string of bulbs is $200.
Once fifty-thousand dollars is reached the star is lit atop the tree.
For people like Carolyn Danells, the Harbour Lights tree is more than Christmas decor. It means more food for people in need. Danells chairs the Saint John Community Food Basket’s board of directors, one of the beneficiaries of the Harbour Lights campaign.
Every Tuesday and Friday, people in need visit this south end institution for necessities like eggs, bread and canned goods. From April to December, the Community Food Basket fills 500 orders a month. In the winter months, when costs rise, their numbers double.
That’s why Danells said the Community Food Basket appreciates the extra boost around the holiday season.
“Our thanks go out to everybody that supports the Harbour Lights tree. If I could print out a huge thank you letter in the paper, I would,” she said.
“Everybody in Saint John and the surrounding area is good with our food bank. People in this area are so generous and we appreciate it.”
The campaign wraps up on Dec. 24.
For details about how to support the Harbour Lights campaign, visit http://www.cbc.ca/nb/community/events/harbourlights/.
You can also donate through Canada Helps. https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/16785
About the video:
Every year, the hard-working infrastructure support team at Port Saint John erects the Harbour Lights tree at Long Wharf. And, every year, the citizens of this community ensure it lights up the sky. Many thanks to the team at CBC for producing this timelapse video and for the hard work their staff puts into the campaign each year.