Sioux Falls is a bit more scenic thanks to a volunteer effort to Tree the Town. Saturday's event was a success, but a second call for help was also answered.
It takes some muscle to move a tree, but for Katie Reilly and her fellow worshipers from King of Glory Church, the work is rewarding.
"Actually, back in April when the big ice storm hit, our church canceled the worship service and we went out and tried to help some families we knew would need help with tree removal and stuff, so this is just kind of finishing that part of it," Reilly said.
Reilly and others from her church are picking up trees to plant as part of Tree the Town. Their efforts will help finalize the community effort to replace trees ripped down earlier this year.
In all, about 200 homeowners across Sioux Falls requested a tree. Tree the Town put 500 into the ground.
"We had perfect weather. We had a lot of happy seniors who were thrilled with their new trees. We had wonderful feedback and we heard from the volunteers that they had a blast doing it," Sara Carothers of the Helpline Center said.
But following that beautiful day, organizers with the Helpline realized there were still more trees to plant. They asked for more help and the response was immediate.
"I was a little worried yesterday but not terribly worried because I know in Sioux Falls when you put out the call for help, it's answered," Carothers said.
For Reilly who will plant trees this Sunday, that's what makes living here so desirable.
"I think Sioux Falls and the Midwest, we're great because we're willing to reach out and help our neighbors in need. As a church we show that and I think as a community we show that very well," Reilly said.
And thanks to those efforts, the Town is being "treed."
When the Helpline Center asked for more help, several people stepped forward. Landscape Garden Center did as well and took 20 more trees to plant.