Officials say display for needy violates blight rules
Valerie Tobias / Associated Press
'I see it as an act of the devil trying to block God's work,' Anthony Johnson says about the display being shut down. Anthony, his wife, Connie, right, and their daughter Lillian, 9, hang items in early January. See full image
MONROE -- It was a symbol of philanthropy to some, used to hang donations of clothing and toys for the needy, but the city has put an end to the 'tree of life.'
Anthony and Connie Johnson started displaying items on the tree near their home last summer, often buying the items themselves. Passers-by were invited to stop and choose the items they needed."