“After we bought the house, the previous owner told us, ‘Hey, by the way, the tree in the yard? Rockefeller Center has been scouting it,” Figueroa told News 4. “When she told me that, I was like, “Oh, that would be cool,” but I [didn’t] believe it. Until they came knocking on my door.”
The two admitted it was hard to say goodbye to the tree, or ‘Shirley’ as they call it.
“But, it’s for a great cause—and everybody’s going to see it,” Gutierrez told News 4. After the holiday season, the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity and used for home-building lumber.
“It’s going to be really amazing to be down there and know that the tree came from our yard,” Figueroa told News 4.