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Girl Gets Tree Planted At Community Center In Manhattan

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This holiday season, one girl was given a present that everyone can enjoy.

Xin Huang, 9, who goes to the Rutgers Community Center in Manhattan, didn't ask for toys or technology.

She asked for a tree to be planted at the center so that she, and everyone else, could watch it grow and sit under it.

The initiative was part of the Winter Wishes NYC Cares program, in which needy children write their Christmas letters to Santa.

They contacted the New York City Parks staff, who planted a Japanese Evergreen tree on the grounds of the community center.

"Years before, we always get toys and dolls, and then, when we play for a few days or a lot of days, we get bored and we put it aside," Huang said. "So every day, if I get bored, I could go out and look at how tall it grew and water it."

"We're very excited, and talking to her today, and I know she's going to be taking care of the tree through the wonderful after-school program that she has here," said Parks Commissioner Veronica White.

Huang was also given tickets to the Thanksgiving Day parade.

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