Volunteers vow to re-light vandalized Christmas tree in Nedrow

Nedrow Christmas tree vandalized.

The community Christmas tree in Nedrow was vandalized less than 24 hours after people gathered for its lighting ceremony along South Salina Street, just outside of Syracuse city limits.

For the past four years, Buffy Moses and other volunteers have helped get lights on the tree to bring some holiday spirit to the area.

"It was just an idea that I wanted to bring back the community spirit to this town that hasn't been here in about 20 years," Moses said.

The lights hanging down the tree's branches were cut, and the base of the tree was hacked as if someone was trying to cut it down.

"It's just a very hurtful thing to do and I want to know why," Moses said.

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department is investigating, but they don't yet know who is responsible for the Grinch-like behavior.

After discovering the vandalism, Moses took to Facebook where people have offered anything they can to re-light the tree.

"One little thing is not going to stop us from doing this," Moses said.

There are extra lights left over from previous year's donations, and new batteries were donated by Bob's True Value Hardware in The Valley.

"We'd be glad to help out and do what we can to get the tree back up and running. It's good for the community," Co-Owner Chris Chrassarazin said.

With help from the Nedrow Fire Department, Moses hopes to have the tree glowing again within the next couple of days.

"We're not just going to let somebody, or whoever it is, stop us and get in the way," Moses said.

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