Smithville receives flower bulbs to replant the town

SMITHVILLE – The town of Smithville recently received 10 pallets of spring bulbs to be used in replanting the town, which was devastated in an April 2011 tornado.
The flower bulbs were donated by America Responds With Love, a national non-profit organization, which provides help to people and areas in need. In the past eight years, America Responds With Love has donated more than six million flower bulbs that have been planted in nine states.
The flower bulbs will be planted in public areas that will help enhance the environment.
According to Edna Cox, Keep Monroe County Beautiful coordinator for District One, the planting will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. Anyone who would like to help plant the bulbs in Smithville should meet at the town hall, weather permitting.
Among the flower bulbs, depending on available inventory, are tulips, daffodils, bearded Iris, crocus, and musca. The flower bulbs will bloom in a wide variety of colors.
After the initial planting in Smithville, some of the bulbs will be shared later with Becker, Hamilton and Wren.
“America Responds With Love strives to help individuals, families and communities that may be overlooked by others. We believe it’s important to help disaster victims and communities affected by disasters as they strive to recover. We are proud to be able to help the people of Smithville and Monroe County,” said organization president and CEO Richard McDonough.

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