The city’s Christmas tree is still up, but Wilton Manors resident Jaclyn St. James is already thinking about making next year’s tree better.
St. James has started a GoFundMe page to raise $1,000 to overhaul the decorations and come up with a new theme. So far, about $780 has been raised. Visit gofundme.com/wilton-manor-christmas-tree-décor to donate.
“I’ve heard so many people complain about the tree. They say ‘oh, it looks the same’ and ‘it’s boring.’ So, I just kind of took the initiative to make the change. I’m from New York and decorations up there are always grand.”
St. James originally tried to raise the money for this year’s tree but decided there wasn’t enough time. “It just kind of went from there . . . I might as well start fundraising for it now [so it will be nice for next year].”
In response to the GoFundMe page and a meeting city staff had with St. James, Leisure Services Department Director Patrick Cann said the city is working with St. James on the tree. “They’ve had good communication. Our staff did add decorations after speaking with her . . . some of the old ones need to be replaced.”
But St. James isn’t just looking for money. Volunteers are also wanted. Already I’ve got 20 people willing to donate their time. It doesn’t have to be money it can be their time and effort. We’re not just looking for money, we’re looking for people willing to help. It’s going to be a community effort.