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September is Celebration of Service month at The Home Depot, and this year’s theme is “30 Days of Green.”
On Sept. 16, seven associates from the Lancaster Home Depot met at White Oak Manor in Lancaster to plant flowers and vegetables for the residents of the assisted-living facility. Store manager Eric Tweddle, Lynette Waid (a Home Depot team captain), Tiffany Bunton, Mandy Cauthen, Joshua Glenn, Daisy Prosser and Patrick Williams arrived eager to complete the beautification work.
Waid worked closely with Nikki Curtis, administrator at White Oak, and Alison Graves, activities director at White Oak, to develop a plan that would provide gardens to be tended by those residents who are able and flower beds for the enjoyment of all.
Two frames for raised beds were built for the exterior side of the building. They were planted with peppers, cabbage, mums, lantanas, vinca, broccoli and lettuce.
A trellis for climbing vines was added to one bed and framework was added to the other so it can be covered in the winter. In a courtyard, another bed was planted with hostas, mums, cabbage, sage, rosemary and collards. Three plants were also potted and placed in the courtyard.
Another bed is in the works that can be tended by wheelchair-bound residents.
“Home Depot is proud to give back to the Lancaster community – a community that has supported us for almost seven years,” Waid said. “We do a lot for schools and kids, but this time we wanted to give something back to our senior community. We hope they will enjoy these gardens.”
Tweddle added, “We want to thank the management and staff at White Oak Manor for giving us this opportunity to be of service to their residents.”
Residents Willie Cauthen and Ethel Williams were the first to see the new garden.
“I’m so proud of y’all for doing this for us,” Cauthen said.
Nearly every resident who came in contact with a Home Depot associate expressed appreciation for the work that was done.
Home Depot also had a project scheduled at Erwin Elementary School last week. They worked on a literacy garden.
Home Depot associates participated in the projects on a volunteer basis, on their own time with no compensation from Home Depot.
Team Depot volunteers nationwide will complete 90 volunteer projects September.
From building playgrounds to planting trees to refurbishing homes and community centers, the associates will use their skills to make a lasting physical impact in their communities.