In September, our project was to provide geobins for the Yarnell Community Garden Project.  The Yarnell Hill Recovery Group selected the Communty Garden as an appropriate program needing support..  To remind you, in 2013 Yarnell was hit with Arizona’s deadliest wildfire.  The fire took the lives of 19 firefighters and destroyed 127 homes in the communities of Yarnell and Peeples Valley.

This past February Melissa and I we’re fortunate enough to volunteer there.  It was heart breaking to see what they’ve gone through and now it warms my heart that we’ve come together to give them something that will continually give as they rebuild.

We received this note from Frances, president of the Yarnell Community Garden Project.

Dear Members of Gethrr:

The members of the Yarnell Community Garden Project thank you for your thoughtful gift. The donation of your monthly collection helped us to move forward on a critical component of our work: our compost system. The new Geobins have not only simplified the work of transferring material from one section to another, they also make the Garden look better. We have found that keeping things tidy and orderly – or at least keeping that as an ongoing work in progress! – helps us to feel motivated and successful. The Geobins are another step in that process.

We are touched that Michael McManus remembered the needs and the people in Yarnell, and that his experience with us inspired him to suggest our community as a recipient of Gethrr’s generosity.

We wish you a joyous holiday season, and a profoundly beautiful 2015.

With deep appreciation,

Frances

Below are a few images we took when we were there in February.

Yarnell Recovery Group & Gethrr team up for a garden upgrade.

Yarnell Recovery Group & Gethrr team up for a garden upgrade.

Yarnell Recovery Group & Gethrr team up for a garden upgrade.

Yarnell Recovery Group & Gethrr team up for a garden upgrade.

The two images above the the two below were taken at the memorial created for the 19 firefighters who lost their lives to this fire.

Yarnell Recovery Group & Gethrr team up for a garden upgrade.

Yarnell Recovery Group & Gethrr team up for a garden upgrade.

Above are the before pictures of the compost system.  Below are the new geobins!

Yarnell Recovery Group & Gethrr team up for a garden upgrade.

Thank you again Gethrr community!  Your $1 made such a big impact on this community!

Michael 

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Frances Lechner
December 22, 2014
Dear Getthr friends: Seeing the pictures of your work with us last February (can it really be that long ago?) brought tears to my eyes. It's so easy to get sidetracked by the everday details, and lose touch with the emotional journey we've been traveling. Thank you for being part of it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Come back and visit when we harvest!
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