I hope this message finds you and yours well, safe, and healthy.
It seems that Mother Nature has given us all a big time-out.
Everything has slowed way down, if not shut down completely. People are working remotely. Restaurants are offering take-out only. Sports canceled. Schools closed.
Thousands of health-care workers are on the front lines working to save lives – bless their souls.
Who would have imagined?
50 years of Earth Day is upon us and fortunately, the worldwide pandemic cannot prevent us from planting trees! While some schools have canceled the giveaway in light of the current circumstances, many schools have decided to proceed as planned – finding creative ways to get trees in your hand. Some are combining giveaways with existing lunch programs and / or setting up a pick-up schedule.
We salute the teachers, principals, volunteers, and parents who have found creative ways to keep this program going for its 11th straight year!
And, we honor and respect those schools and leaders who decided to opt-out. No offense taken! In these unusual times, it is most important that we take care of ourselves first and those around us.
Most of the trees will be arriving this week in time for Earth Day (April 22). Distributions will be happening throughout this week and the following.
If you have not received any pick-up instructions, please contact us.
Please send us a pic of your child(ren) and their newly planted tree and share it with us via our Facebook page.
We love collecting “then and nows” of our growing babies!
Thank you again, school coordinators, teachers, parents, kids, volunteers, and sponsors for your participation in our program and for taking a small but important step in beautifying your community and our world.
Vikas Narula, Founder of Neighborhood Forest