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FOSTERING SHADE: ‘Families Helping Families’ fundraising through tree sale

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - Non-profit organization Families Helping Families is holding another 'Fostering Shade' tree fundraiser, to help regrow the tree canopy lost in the derecho and raise money for their non-profit.

Their fall fundraiser was a success, selling around 108 trees. The non-profit sustained about $20,000 in damage from the derecho and is still waiting on minor repairs.

"People are somewhat more recovered on their properties and a lot more people think about planting trees in the spring than they do in the fall," Executive Director Melissa Carlson said.

There are five varieties of trees available through the "Fostering Shade" tree sale. The trees come from a local tree farm in Dubuque.

Based in Cedar Rapids, Families Helping Families works in all 99 of Iowa's counties. They provide programs and services to children and families in the foster care system.

A look inside Families Helping Families "Clothing Closet."

Carlson wishes to move to a bigger building that is ADA compliant.

She hopes to "expand our services that we offer to the kids, not have to turn away donations and half of the things that the families are looking for."

The trees offered in the sale are from a local farm in Dubuque. There are four varieties of maple that are three inches in diameter and 16 to 18 feet tall. There is also an evergreen option.

Kennedy DeRaedt

Photojournalist

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