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Volunteers Tend to Troops' Lawns

Posted May 25, 2007
Updated May 26, 2007

— Captain Angelika Chiri, an Army nurse, is getting ready for 15 months in Iraq. Her husband, Marty, is already there.

Thanks to volunteers, there’s one chore the couple won’t have to worry about while they’re away.

Chiri called Project Evergreen, and now, volunteers take care of her yard free of charge.

"I just came home from getting ready for deployment, and I noticed my lawn had already been mowed,” she said.

So far, at least 74 families at Fort Bragg have asked for help. But only about 10 volunteers have signed up.

Jeff Cumbie is one lawn-care expert making time to make a difference.

"It just tugs at your heartstrings," he said.

Jeff was so excited about Project Evergreen, he enlisted friends. And you don't have to be a professional to volunteer.

"It's harder when you're by yourself,” Chiri said. “And I've got good neighbors, but they have their own lives, too."

She's giving back by serving her country, and she's thankful someone cares.

Nationwide, more than 3,200 military families have asked Project Evergreen for help.


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  • QT3.14 May 28, 2007

    To sign up to help [from their website]:

    Citizen Volunteers
    Are you - or your organization - interested in helping one or more military families in your area?

    We will refer your application to a family in your area. Questions? Please call us toll-free at (877) 758-4835 and ask for Joy Westenberg. Or e-mail Joy for more information at joywestenberg@projectevergreen.com

  • just my2cents May 27, 2007

    Awesome! Together we can make a difference for our heroes while they are off protecting us. I live in Wilson and am the mom of a soldier who, Thank God, is home. If there are deployed soldiers in my community I woul love to do this for them. WRAL, Any idea how I can find out?

  • Cyn May 26, 2007

    Thanks to everyone who participates in this program. Hearts of Gold! And Thank You Angelika and your husband for your service to this country. You are my heros!!

  • lakotapony May 26, 2007

    Thank you again for accepting me for your special care gift of lawn service while my husband is deployed. Thank you Steve Hopper of Spring Green lawn care for the fertilizer & weed control and for calling your friend Brandon Raynor of Landco Outdoors to provide the lawn care. :) CPT Chiri, Angelika

  • lollly52 May 26, 2007

    WRAL - please post info so that folks can donate to Project Evergreen. thanks!

  • grenlyn1 May 26, 2007

    Do the evergreen volunteers need money for gas? If so, where can we donate to help with the expenses that will occur?

  • party pooper May 26, 2007

    If I lived in Fayetteville I'd sign up for sure, but at over $3 a gallon I can't afford to drive there.

  • lorirn4321 May 26, 2007

    All good deeds like this a greatly appreciated by us with family members in Iraq or elsewhere defending our country. It makes a big difference in making the soldiers feel appreciated. Thank-You.

  • ladybug467 May 25, 2007

    This is very nice for people to help.