Gemma's story of her yard isn't one you hear about often. This Desert Storm Veteran lives in her childhood home. Trees and plants that she and her father installed when Gemma was a child, are still alive and well on the property. Here, Gemma stands next to her Spruce, affectionately referred to as Vernado. Vernado was planted when Gemma was eight years old
The yard that Gemma recalls as a child you can see in the photographs she shares. Today, there are many adolescent maples, a very old Apple tree and a drainage issue. All of this needs to be addressed before we can even think about a plan for the yard.
Gemma's father planted a fig tree in their front yard. It's gorgeous, but it's getting overshadowed by Vernado, so we'll have to work on that.
Our friends at JDC Construction were ready to work on the drain, trees and fence removal when the state of PA was shut down due to COVID-19. We were all disappointed, but we needed everyone safe.
If you've volunteered with us, then you know we ask EVERYONE to lend a hand, even if only for a few hours. Today, was different. We asked for 10 volunteers. And we got them! Here they pose with Gemma in her front yard. The mission for today: Clear out as much as you can to prep for drain work, fence and tree removal.
What's more amazing than our volunteers? Our volunteers that bring their family. Here, Dana and her daughter tackle fallen branches on the patio.
Volunteers, Jen and her daughter Riley clear out an area against the house to hopefully make way for a new flower bed that Gemma and her nephew can plant.
Volunteer Joe goes to work to remove the tops of the nuisance Maple trees, so now Gemma and her family can actually see through to the top of the yard! Nice work, Joe!
Gemma stopped by a local Italian Market and grabbed tomato pie, water and ice tea for the team. Thank you, Gemma! Perfect for a balmy day.
HG Summer Intern, Sarah talks poison ivy with Board member Dawn, while Jen and Riley continue working on the side of the house (background).
Volunteer Heather spent the entire day in a Zen mode. She pruned a large hydrangea on the side of the house. Tremendous work, Heather!
Advisory board member, Teresa and volunteer Lara, social distance their teamwork efforts!
We can't thank our team enough for today's hard work. With much of the weeds and limbs cleared out, we can now work on the drain, tree and fence removal. Awesome job, team! We'll see you soon.
We have a lot of heavy lifting to ensure that Gemma's property is functioning as it should. Consider volunteering your time, inkind services or making a donation in memory of a loved one. Get in touch via email below and thank you!