McCarter 2023 Trees of Giving Initiative

“The shadows of things that would have been, may be dispelled.

They will be.

I know they will! I will make it so!”

—The Transformed Ebenezer Scrooge

When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas in 1843, his original thought was to write a political pamphlet to express his urgent concern over the plight of England’s poor families and unprotected child workers, as well as vent his anger at an inequitable, stratified society and those in the wealthy upper-class who were mean, hard-hearted, greedy, indifferent, and complacent regarding those living in poverty. His decision to write a story that entertained while appealing to his affluent book buyers’ emotional hearts provided him the opportunity to reexamine his own experience of poverty and create one of literature’s most celebrated and memorable characters: the rich, cold-hearted, miserly, willfully ignorant and misanthropic Ebenezer Scrooge who learns in one magical and miraculous night his capacity for transformation and compassion, the joy of giving, and his own power to positively change the lives and futures of others! 180 years later, the story of A Christmas Carol and its themes continue to inspire acts of generosity, charity, and philanthropy.  

McCarter is proud to join forces with our esteemed, long-term nonprofit community partners—HomeFront, Mercer Street Friends, The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, and TASK - Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, all dedicated to serving, supporting, and enhancing the lives and futures of children, families, and individuals in our communities most in need—in an initiative we are calling TREES OF GIVING that is intended to illuminate our organizational missions and provide an immediate opportunity for spontaneous acts of joyful and generous giving, inspired by the transformed Ebenezer Scrooge himself!

Our forest of TREES OF GIVING is located onsite at McCarter in the Matthews Theatre’s Lockwood Lobby for patrons attending a performance of A Christmas Carol; there friends and families can visit each “tree” to learn more about services, programs, and current fundraising initiatives for all five organizations and engage in instantaneous electronic giving via QR code

For virtual philanthropists, please read more about each organization and find links to donate below!  

Thank you for your generous and joyful giving!

The shadows of things that would have been, may be dispelled  

They will be. We know they will!  


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