Philadelphia Vandalism: Bridesburg neighborhood regains Christmas joy after tree vandlized

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Members of the Bridesburg community in Philadelphia unite to redecorate the neighborhood tree after it was destroyed over the weekend.

The Christmas tree was destroyed on Sunday evening, a day after the tree lighting ceremony outside the Bridesburg Rec Center on Richmond Street.

“Monday morning we got a call from the recovery center that our tree had been destroyed. It was no longer lit and lights with wires cut were found,” said Bridesburg Civic Association member Kathy Enggasser.

Bridesburg Civic Association has been installing the lighting for almost 10 years.

They decided to plant a Christmas tree this year, but then the vandalism happened.

“It’s been a crazy few days. A few people have offered to cover the entire cost of the renewal. That’s the kind of community it is,” said Jacqueline DeSanctis, aka “Miss Jackie.”

Miss Jackie knows the neighborhood well. The block is named after her.

She wasn’t surprised by what happened next – the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 98 stepped in.

They dismantled the damaged lamps and installed new ones for free.

Engasser has doubts about who could be responsible for all the damage.

“We think it was teenagers,” Enggasser said.

Police are investigating and will review video footage from cameras in the area.

“The tree brings so much hope and faith to everyone,” Enggasser said. “We just want them to understand that you did more than just damage a tree. They tried to dampen the mood of the community, which didn’t work.

The message to the community is now to ensure the tree is lit again on Thursday evening.

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