After what many on social media called “tree gate,” two local scout troops have volunteered to help the City of Mobile re-purpose the cedar tree that was chopped down from a city park and displayed at Ladd-Peebles Stadium for the Donald Trump Thank You Tour.
Boy Scout Troop 3 will be using the wood to build bluebird houses and bird feeders for residents at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Meanwhile, Girl Scout Troop 8274 will be using the branches to create cat scratching posts for local animal shelters including the City of Mobile Animal Shelter, Project Purr, and the Mobile County Animal Shelter.
According to a press release, the City of Mobile will also plant one Cryptomeria and two cedars in Public safety Memorial Park to replace the one that the city’s Chief of Staff Colby Cooper ordered to be chopped down. The release states Cooper will foot the $1,345 bill for the new trees.
Cooper has also set up a GoFundMe page called, “The Giving Tree”, where he is asking people to donate money that will go to local charities on Christmas. Cooper says since the tree was cut down there has been an outpouring of support to make the situation right.
Cooper said in a statement, “Mobile, Alabama, still has pockets of abject poverty. In good faith, I cannot accept the donations offered when I know there are children whose Christmas or life could be better if only we gave to the organizations that serve them.”
The goal is to raise $3,000 that will be equally distributed between Ransom Ministries, One Meal Mobile and Feeding the Gulf Coast.