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Volunteers Needed to ‘Tree The Town’

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The April blizzard wreaked a lot of havoc in Sioux Falls, causing a huge power outage that lasted several days, property damage and the loss of trees.

Volunteers will be needed for the upcoming “Tree The Town” event on October 26th.  “This fall, through volunteer power, we will work toward replacing those trees. It’s a chance to take something that was very hard for many people and create a wonderful sense of community pride.” said Janet Kittams-Lalley, executive director of the Helpline Center.

The upcoming “Tree The Town” event is going to be part of a larger Make A Difference Day from 9am to 1pm that day in the Washington Pavilion.

Volunteers will be needed to plant trees at the homes of disabled, low-income and elderly people in Sioux Falls. Sara Carothers, a Helpline Center spokeswoman said, “After the April storm we received calls from our seniors who weren’t capable of leaving their home.  many were losing maybe their only view of outside.”

Homeowners who would like a tree planted on their property can call 2-1-1 to register and request up to three saplings.

Volunteers can also register to plant trees by calling 2-1-1 or online at the Helpline Center.

“Tree The Town” is sponsored by the Helpline Center, Sioux Empire United Way, Washington Pavilion and KELO-TV.

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