Courtesy of the Fort Worth StarTelegram
A Fort Worth tradition that has symbolized hope and generosity for years now graces the
pages of a new children's book.

The Homeless Christmas Tree is about a sparse mimosa tree atop a hill on Interstate 30
between Beach Street and Oakland Boulevard that, for years, was lovingly decorated
by an anonymous woman as a gift to the homeless in the city.

The Star-Telegram reported in 2001 that the woman was Carla Christian, who said she
began decorating the tree in 1995 as a reminder that people should make time for those
less fortunate.

Now, author Leslie M. Gordon has turned the heartwarming story into a children's book.
"I've loved the tree for years, and I've always wanted to write about it," she says.