Workers Prepare for Tree of Light Celebration - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

11/26/04

Workers Prepare for Tree of Light Celebration

If you haven't gotten in the Christmas spirit yet, we have the perfect solution. The 13th annual Tree of Light Festival is tomorrow at Forsyth Park. That's the 13th since it was revived by WTOC after a few years' hiatus.

It takes a lot of Santa's helpers to make sure everyone in the Coastal Empire gets into the spirit. "Between all the subcontractors, probably 36 men," said Richard Chambless with general contractor Host South.

Okay, so they're not exactly Santa's helpers, but nevertheless they are working just as hard this holiday season.

"We set the tree and take care of all the lights," explained Gerald Braddy with Braddy Electric.

Since the Tree of Light tradition restarted, Braddy Electric has lit the tree and donated men and power to make sure all 18,000 lights twinkle at Forsyth. "We make sure they're all burning and install them and hook them up, make sure everything is good."

And they're not the only ones making sure everything goes smoothly. The Trustees Garden Group donated the thousands of lights, and Krispy Kreme is providing one hundred dozen donuts, making the Tree of Light celebration a community effort.

"The community has been very good to us," said Braddy. "This is the way we can give back a little."

And all these businesses say that's what all this is about, making sure everyone has a jolly old time. "There are so many people that come by, so many walks of life, and the good thing is there are a lot of kids," said Chambless.

They expect thousands of people at Forsyth Park Saturday night, hoping the community will use this wonderful event to kick off their holiday season.

The celebration will start at 6:45pm tomorrow night in Forsyth Park. Join Sonny Dixon, Dawn Baker, Mike Manhatton, Jody Chapin, Pat Prokop and Santa for this holiday tradition.

And if you can't make it, you can watch it live at 7:30pm on WTOC.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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