ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – About 100 Christmas trees adorn the Westland Hills baseball field in Albany. Each tree is a memorial to lost loved ones who are unable to join their families this holiday season.
“Our first tree is for my mother, who we lost in May at the age of 92. Unfortunately, our family experienced more tragedy, my brother Joe, my oldest brother, died two days before my mother,” says Paul Zullo from Albany, “so we have a tree in honor of them. And the other tree is for my son Tanner, whom I lost to leukemia in 2004.”
For some families, the holiday season can be a difficult time with an empty seat at the table, especially if it is the first Christmas without them. “It will be the first years. And I’m used to that, especially with my son. It’s 17 years ago. But I think it’s a great way to carry on the tradition,” says Zullo.
The trees stay lit every night until Christmas. Event organizer Dan Farrell says Westland Hills wanted to do something to show people that their loved ones are with them on vacation, even when they are not in physical shape.
“United can certainly be tough. I lost my mother four years ago, and having an event where we can come and see the tree and my family can come and see the tree helps us feel a little closer to her, says Farrell, “we can put her favorite decorations on them… Many of the people who put trees here today are all celebrating a different one. Everyone has a different story.”
Farrell says they have raised over $ 5,000 for all 100 trees that people sponsored in memory of their loved ones. He says there are still some trees left if anyone wants to sponsor one. The trees cost $ 75 and can be sponsored on their website.
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