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Personal Stories of Hope

While the long-term environmental benefits of the trees planted through our Community Tree Recovery program are tremendous—particularly in terms of energy savings, air quality, water quality, and carbon sequestration—the personal stories of the individuals who received these trees are even more incredible.


Linda Lasiter

location Moore, Oklahoma

Linda has a husky dog named Bella. Each day Bella would sit outside underneath the shade of a tree in Linda’s front yard and wait for the schoolchildren to come by.


Jerry & Charlotte Ziegs

location Beaver Crossing, Nebraska

On May 11, 2014, a tornado tore through the community of Beaver Crossing, destroying 16 homes and damaging more than 200 other homes, businesses, and churches.


Christina & Michael Saville

location Mayflower, Arkansas

Christina, her husband Michael, and their children experienced the horror of one of the many tornadoes that ripped through Arkansas on April 17, 2014.