With feet as sure as a mountain goat's, Bobby Campbell shinnies 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.
His charity work, he says, "comes from gratitude."
"My motto is: If I can leave this world a little better than I found it, I've done a good job."
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