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Sandy-Damaged Tree From Smithtown Spreading Holiday Cheer In Boston

There Were 'Thousands And Thousands Of People There Enjoying The Tree'
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Christmas Tree, donated by the Diakou family of Smithtown, Long Island. (credit: Facebook/Faneuil Hall Marketplace)

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Christmas Tree, donated by the Diakou family of Smithtown, Long Island. (credit: Facebook/Faneuil Hall Marketplace)

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A nearly 100-year-old tree that was damaged in superstorm Sandy has found a new home to help spread some holiday cheer.

As WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported, the 85-foot Norwegian Spruce that was in the backyard of the Diakou family’s house in Smithtown, Long Island was damaged in the Oct. 29, 2012 storm.

The tree was leaning towards their neighbor’s house and seemed to be in danger of falling.

The Diakou family decided to donate the tree to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston after it was cut down.

“I think the thing I go back to is how nice it is to make so many people happy by donating a tree. I’m a regular person, I’m not a millionaire, I don’t have the power to make people happy,” Debbie Diakou said.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Christmas Tree, donated by the Diakou family of Smithtown, Long Island. (credit: Facebook/Faneuil Hall Marketplace)

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Christmas Tree, donated by the Diakou family of Smithtown, Long Island. (credit: Facebook/Faneuil Hall Marketplace)

The family of five was in Boston for the tree lighting.

“It was stunning. It was really very beautifully done. There was like thousands and thousands of people there enjoying the tree, which is something you don’t even really think about when you donate something like that,” Diakou told Hall. “Someone got engaged next to the tree.”

The tree was lit last month.

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