Residents share what they are thankful for at Ardmore thankful tree

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - An Ardmore woman is making sure her community stays grounded in the spirit of Thanksgiving by letting people share what they are thankful for on a tree outside her house.

Tracie Mordy said she started the thankful tree after reading an article about a similar tree in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper about four years ago.

"And I thought that was such a wonderful idea," Mordy said. "The next year, I just brought it here to Ardmore."

This is the third year for the tree in Ardmore with the most messages so far.

"The messages are so inspiring," Mordy said. "There are messages about being cancer free. There's a message on there about a family that has a sick child, that they get another year with their child."

Ardmore residents Teresa Waters and Becky Dickinson stopped by the tree while on their run Wednesday morning.

"We love it," Waters said. "We come by every year a few times."

They say they are thankful for a group of friends they grew up with in Ardmore.

"And we still get together every year," Waters said. "We've been friends for a long time."

Mordy said her favorite notes are the one written by kids.

"They're thankful for their dog or they're thankful for turkey or they're thankful for their mom and their dad," Mordy said.

Once Thanksgiving passes, she keeps the notes and looks at them the next year before setting up the tree again.

"The first year, one person put on there they were thankful for their organ donor," Mordy said. "That just really got to me. It just brings things into perspective, what Thanksgiving is really all about."

Mordy said there is still time for people to come by the tree at the intersection of McLish Avenue and I Street and share what they are thankful for.

The notes will be taken down around Sunday.