You really don't know the sentimental and aesthetic value of a tree until it's lost, and many of us felt that multiple times over after the storm that hit Eastern Iowa on August 10, 2020. They add beauty, shade, and privacy to our yards, and when all that's missing you definitely notice, like the one I lost that perfectly encompassed all three in my backyard. Now, it's gone.

According to CBS2 Iowa's News Now, a local nonprofit organization is continuing a fundraiser intended to fill that void and also support the work the organization does for the foster care community in Iowa.

Families Helping Families of Iowa (FHF) held a fundraiser for their organization last Fall that was so successful, they are launching it again. It's a chance for you to also replace and replant the trees you lost in the storm.

The trees are Iowa-grown, according to Melissa Carlson, who is the Executive Director of Families Helping Families. She says the organization is working with a local farmer on the project.

Families Helping Families of Iowa describes itself as a local non-profit grassroots organization, a 501c(3) whose vision is to "raise awareness and provide access to basic need items and resources for children in foster care throughout the state of Iowa." Their offices are at 3516 Center Point Road NE in Cedar Rapids, or you can call them at (319)294-9706.

Learn more about the organization here.

As for the tree sale, FHF's fundraiser has several different varieties available, including maples that are 3 inches in diameter and are between 16-18 feet tall.

Delivery and planting will be available for an extra fee.

An easy way to have your tree order placed and set aside at $50-350 depending on the variety you choose, is to reserve it at FHF's website now through April 15.

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