Taking ornaments from the wishing tree

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - December 2, 2008

And -- as strange as it sounds -- she rejoices over the realization that her ornaments are being taken.

"Especially today it's been happening," Wendy Walter told Action News when we visited.

That hub-bub revolves around what's written on the ornaments. Wendy covered the Christmas tree with silver stars that include the first names and holiday wishes of needy children, then encouraged neighbors to take those stars and, in turn, fulfill those requests.

She began with more than 100 stars a few weeks ago. She has fewer than 20 left, and Wendy says what's most heartbreaking are those requests for basic items.

"There was a teenage girl

Neighbors here say once they learned of her idea, support for the "wishing tree" spread like wildfire. Karen Moreadith said, "There's nothing better fortunate as I."

Wendy says the best part is that her efforts are inspired by her grandfather Carl Lots who died 8 years ago. "He was the kind of guy ...in his honor." You can find out more about Wendy Walter's project by Clicking Here.

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