It started one day when Nicole Helprin and her kids were heading out of town for the weekend. They posted a few wishes on their tree and left. When they returned, the tree had bunches of wishes on their tree. The whole neighborhood became involved with wishes. Nicole thought it was wonderful.
So she set up a sign, clipboard, markers and a plastic bag of shipping labels so that passersby can contribute. She leaves the wishes up until they become crumbly or blow away.
The wishes are anything. This wonderful tree has people wishing for cures to cancer and wanting a pony for everyone. It wishes for a doll to peace in the world. And all that is asked is that you write down your wish and read another wish, hoping for the wish to come true.
Just one more delightful way we try to keep Portland connected (and weird).