Union Beach residents decorate 'Tree of Hope'

James Butler, whose childhood home was destroyed during

James Butler, whose childhood home was destroyed during the storm, found the tree with ornaments still on it.

UNION BEACH - Union Beach residents have taken to decorating a Christmas Tree found in the middle of the road after Sandy.

James Butler, whose childhood home was destroyed during the storm, found the tree with ornaments still on it. Days later, residents began to decorate the tree.

Soon, the local post office began to get packages addressed to the 'Union Beach Tree of Hope.' The packages contained ornaments from as far away as California and Colorado.

Today, the tree is a permanent symbol of hope that comes equipped with a message to Sandy that reads, "You can't wash away our hope, you can only water it to help it grow."

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