Family and Children’s Services FLA issued the following statement earlier today:
The namesake of the 100-year-old Tree of Hope holiday appeal in Kingston has been vandalized.
Officials at Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington noticed Tuesday morning that the power supply and wiring of their tree in Kingston was damaged. A closer inspection found they had been purposely vandalized.
The tree was named “Hope” in a contest a year ago and is the symbol of the holiday appeal along with it’s Napanee counterpart, which is named “Charity”. “Hope” was lit in a special night ceremony November 14 and was due to remain lit until January.
Boyd Electric of Kingston agreed to fix the damage and re-wire the tree for free. The tree is expected to be back in operation Tuesday evening.
The Tree of Hope is the annual holiday appeal of Family and Children’s Services, a Children’s Aid Society. It is on track to provide 900 kids with toys, clothing and more for December 25th. More information about the campaign can be found online at www.HelpTreeofHope.ca.