With feet as sure as a mountain goat, Bobby Campbell shimmies up a 15-foot Christmas tree built out of canned food and plywood to place a star on top. For about a decade he has built Christmas CanTrees with the Sacramento Association of Realtors. After being on display at Secret Garden in Elk Grove through the holidays, the canned goods will be donated to the Salvation Army.
Campbell, a mortgage banker who works from home, takes part in fundraising year round with SAR. He grew up in humble circumstances, raised by a single mother who was blind. He was her “human guide dog,” he said, and their family sometimes needed to accept food donations. “It comes from gratitude,” he says of his charity work.
“My motto is if I can leave this world a little better than I found it, I’ve done a good job.”