The April ice storm destroyed thousands of trees across Southeastern KELOLAND.
Now, the Helpline Center has teamed up with KELOLAND News, the Sioux Empire United Way, and Argus Leader Media to "Tree the Town."
But as the day approaches, the need for volunteers is still large.
Trees that had been around for several decades came down in a matter of minutes during the Spring ice storm.
"Sometimes you walk by a tree and you don't think about it. But when it's not there anymore, you really miss it," said Sara Carothers, Volunteer Services Director for the Helpline Center.
To try and restore some of the memories lost, hundreds of volunteers are needed for "Tree the Town." Almost 1,000 trees will be planted in yards and at local non-profits on October 26th.
Sara Carothers with Helpline says at least 150 more people are needed to help out.
"We can have people who will go out and visit with the seniors who will be receiving the trees and checking the yards to make sure we have the right spot chosen. And then we also will need people the week before to help us unload the donations of trees as they come in," Carothers said.
The trees will be around four to five feet tall. So anyone who is willing to help out does need to bring a spade and large enough vehicle to transport the materials. But if you aren't interested in working in the dirt, there are other ways for the whole family to volunteer that day.
"The entire event is part of Make A Difference Day. So if tree planting isn't your thing, come on down to the Washington Pavillion that day anyway from 9 to 1. You can come inside, there's going to be over 30 non-profits there talking about volunteerism. And we'll have tons of hands on projects for families," said Carothers.
If you do choose to help plant trees that day, what will grow from that work will brighten lives for years to come.
"We've talked to some seniors who lost their tree that was a memorial to a loved one. Or it was planted by their parents, and now they're in their 70's and 80's. It was a very hard thing for them. And so we're just delighted that we're going to go out and can plant new friends in their yard. We can put trees back that were lost in that storm," said Carothers.
If you would like to help plant trees on October 26th, or the weeks leading up to the event, call 211.
Groups will be meeting at the Washington Pavillion at 9:00 a.m.
You can also register on the Helpline website.