Both staff and kids participated in decorating the tree. The theme was determined by the kids and varies from year to year depending on what is popular with the kids or if there is a certain issue they want to bring to light.
This year the theme was Ninjas simply because it is popular with them (and it was chosen mainly by our elementary kids in the 6-8 year range).
In the past, there have been "issue" trees. One year a group of high school Club members chose to decorate with an anti-smoking theme; another year was "honoring the life of a child (Jonathan Manzo, Matt Landers)", members who had passed away that year.
This has been a tradition for over 10 years. It has always been our Levin Clubhouse kids and staff doing the decorating.
We do rely on individual contributions as well as volunteers/mentors for our programs. The information can be found on our website.