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Knightdale Volunteers Whip Yard Into Shape for Soldier’s Family

A Knightdale woman, whose husband is serving in Iraq, got quite a surprise as volunteers spent Saturday working in her yard.

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KNIGHTDALE, N.C. — More than two dozen people in a Knightdale community spent their Saturday working in Courtney Bunch's yard. Her husband, a Raleigh police officer, is on his third deployment to Iraq.

“Just about everybody we enlisted, they came running,” neighbor Annette Brown said.

Bunch's yard needed a lot of work and with her husband away, neighbors decided to roll up their sleeves and help.

“It's just a way of saying thanks, trying to take care of things for him while he does his job,” Brown said.

"We mostly came out here to help the neighborhood out, help the family out with their yard,” volunteer Yoel Griffen said.

When Bunch returned home Saturday, she was surprised by all the volunteers.

"[Her husband] would just be totally blown over. When he sees the photos, he's probably gonna cry like me,” Courtney Bunch said.

“You can never receive until you learn the full fulfillment of giving,” Brown added.

Everything used Saturday from the potted plants to the flag pole was donated.

“I know, I have a big support group, but to see them all in my yard is like, wow,” Bunch said.

Bunch's husband was deployed in May, and should be back home in the spring.



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