Many people showed their holiday spirit by helping a homeless man in New Orleans, after his Christmas tree was thrown out by city sanitation workers.      

A spokesperson for the city said the tree was a violation of city code.

But that didn’t sit right with a lot of people, so they decided to do something about it.

“My purpose was to bring hope and stir hope and smiles,” said John, who had a tree just outside his tent until it was thrown away Friday morning.

Butch Nutter donated a new tree to John.

“It’s pretty much what they took from him, I wanted to give back,” said Nutter. 

One by one, ordinary people dropped by Saturday wanting to give back too. They brought trees, decorations, and even pinned a stocking to his tent.

“As a human being, even though I’m homeless, that meant something to me,” said John.

Kelly Caruso also donated a tree to John. 

“I don’t care what code violation it is, it’s the holidays and these people need everything that can uplift them as much as they can,” said Caruso. 

John ended up with more trees than he could handle, so he decided to give some to homeless women who lived nearby.

“They cried, because they haven’t had a tree in a couple years,’ said John.

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