Help make Veal's Ice Tree matriarch's 99th birthday special

Posted at 12:37 PM, Jan 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-17 12:52:25-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- The matriarch of the family behind Veal's Ice Tree is turning 99 years old, and her family wants to help make that birthday special.

Mabel Veal will turn 99 years old next month. Her family is asking for birthday cards to honor and acknowledge her hard work for the famous ice tree.

The Veal's have built an ice tree since 1961 on Indianapolis' southeast side. For years, the family has turned the tree's lights off around 10 p.m. They do not accept money or donations for the tree.

PHOTOS | Veal's Ice Tree

Mabel never worked on the tree, but she's paid the electric bills "with happiness," a Facebook post said. She retired 9 years ago at age 90, but is failing fast, the post reads.

If you've enjoyed the Veal's Ice Tree over the years, send a birthday message to Mabel at:

Mabel Veal
11333 Southeastern Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46259

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