Bare, mangled trees are just some of the scars of a community struck by tornadoes. In order to minimize those wounds, the Lions Club is planting trees throughout the affected areas.
The district clubs received a $10,000 grant from the international club to buy 1,000 trees. Four hundred more were then donated. This Saturday, Moulton will receive 150 of those three-to-six-foot trees.
“By giving back to the beautification of the scenery of our community and everything and giving the trees, it helps people rebuild their lives,” said Moulton Lions Club Vice President James Houser. “We can’t bring back the 100-year-old oak trees that were lost, but we can start a new one.”
The Lions Club has already helped communities like Phil Campbell and Albertville and tree planting projects have been planned for Hanceville and Hackleburg in the coming weeks. All this effort for the sake of continuing to help storm victims re-establish their roots.
“You see peoples’ lives being put back and normalcy coming back to them,” said Houser, “you see their smiling faces, you see the worry off their faces and everything. It’s so pleasing and comforting to know that you’re being able to help them be able to come back and start enjoying life again.”
The tree planting program will take place Saturday, March 17 in Moulton. If you were in direct line of April’s tornadoes and would like to replace your trees, go to the Moulton Lions Club Fairgrounds from 9:00 am to noon. You will need to bring a photo I.D. As for those that need help in planting their trees, volunteers will be on hand to assist.