In April we launched the first Planting Forward efforts in Linn County. We partnered with several organizations, including Unity Point Health Systems, Mercy Hospital, and Linn County & Conservation to distribute thousands of trees to their employees and friends. We are grateful to to the Unity Point/St. Luke’s Foundation for their continued input as we develop the next phases of the Planting Forward program. It was no small feet to distribute over 3000 trees in two days!
With trees now happily growing in and around Cedar Rapids, we wanted to share a few comments we’ve received along the way:
Thank you! Thank you for the trees! Both my husband and I work for UPH-CR and we were able to replace 4 of 6 lost trees! We are ever so grateful for this opportunity! ~Brenda & Chris
Thank you so much for your generosity of donating trees to us at Unity Point. Many of us were severely affected by the derecho of 2020 and this gives us hope for regrowth. We are so grateful to organizations like yours that are willing to help us restore our beautiful land. We received 3 burr oaks and we can’t wait to watch them grow! ~Kristen and family
Thank you so much for the trees provided to St. Luke’s employees through our Foundation and the Monarch Research Group! It is an awesome project and very much appreciated. I kept 1 tree and shared 2 with my daughter-in-law who lost so many on her acreage in Marion. I can see the tree from my kitchen window to keep tabs on it. It even has leaves already! ~Sandy