Delray Beach's Kitchen Elf helps feed volunteers and workers for 100ft Christmas tree

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - 'Twas the week before Thanksgiving, and all through Delray's streets, there roams an elf named "Al," who gives workers there eats.

"I guess after 8 or nine years I'm the official Kitchen Elf.  I just thought that it would be such a nice partnership with the restaurants and volunteers," he said.

They're working hard this week -- to put up the tree.

It's more than 100 feet tall with lots of displays to see.

The number one question that's asked is, if the tree is real? The volunteers respond: "well it is real steel!"

While building the tree - workers and volunteers, a rare breed, work up an appetite and local restaurants are happy to feed.

Butch Johnson, 32 East Restaurant owner, said, "Restaurants up and down this avenue as much as I do, feed the volunteers every year. From the very first day they put up a tree, we part of the volunteer group, and thanking the guys who really make it possible. The difference between a city and a community."

Stephanie Immelman, Delray Tree Coordinator, said, "We absolutely couldn't do the tree without the volunteers. We have so many that come out every day and there's such a camaraderie about it with really great community spirit."

All has to be done by Dec. 5th - so the tree will be lit and then Santa will come. 

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