WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington-area woman is working to give a 13-year-old girl who is going blind a special surprise this Christmas.
Mary Maness and her husband are building a 7-foot Christmas tree made of Christmas villages and other decor.
Maness met the girl's mother while volunteering to help Hurricane Florence victims.
“She was showing me the tree on her phone saying, ‘I want to build this for her’ and her daughter texted her at the same time with the same exact tree," Mary said. "It was amazing and we’re going to make it happen for her.”
The tree will be made from a wood frame, and decorated with Christmas villages.
“It’s going to have evergreen and snow and little villages," Mary said. "Someone donated a train this morning and it may have two trains. I have two people trying to donate a train now. It’ll have lights and flowers and it will be beautiful.”
Maness posted on WECT’s Community Voice Facebook page asking for village and train donations.
“We need villages and lots of them because we’re trying to build a tree for a family, a little girl who is going blind and it may be the last Christmas she ever gets to see," Maness said. "All her mom wanted to do was to build this tree for her so my husband not only got the dimensions, (but) he actually built the tree for her just to make her happy.”
They will present the tree to the 13-year-old at a Christmas party for hurricane victims on Dec. 20.
If you would like to donate Christmas items, contact Mary Maness on Facebook.