Planting trees next step in town's recovery

By Gary Brode |, Erica Quednau |

Published 04/04 2014 04:20PM

Updated 04/07 2014 02:09PM

Update: 10:06 pm, 4/5/14, Saturday
GIFFORD -- Since the November tornadoes, it's not common to see a tree in town anymore. So, some volunteers set out to change that.

Members of different groups planted new trees throughout the city. Dozens chipped in to plant about 235 trees. A Champaign Rotary Club member made his first trip to town Saturday and was surprised by the devastation.

The Champaign County Farm Bureau put on the event. St. Paul's Lutheran Church did its part by providing lunch to those volunteers.

Just down the road, members of the Church of Christ Disaster Relief offered some more help. Members gave out items like food and clothing. An organizer of the event said more than 60 people showed up throughout the day to collect needed items.
Original: 4:20 pm, 4/4/14, Friday
GIFFORD -- A little bit of normalcy is returning to town this weekend. Saturday, trees will be planted throughout town. Friday, volunteers braved the wind and chilly temperatures to get them ready.

It's through an initiative form the Champaign County Farm Bureau, called "Let's Get Growing Again." About 150 volunteers will be in town ready to help. They'll plant more than 200 trees.

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