Archive for November, 2009

Trees for Life Service Project

November 16, 2009

Last summer at Brethren Woods Camp, in Virginia, the young campers learned about Trees for Life and heard stories of its work around the world. They planted trees that will be at the camp for many years to come. Here is the article from the camp newsletter.

Trees for Life Service Project

Each summer Brethren Woods selects a worthy organization to be our service project and this summer that group was Trees for Life.  Trees for Life is a non-profit organization that offers a helping hand and education to families in poor villages around the world.  By learning how to plant and care for fruit trees, villagers become more self-sufficient and they are better able to help themselves with good nutrition and produce to sell.  There are no handouts and people pledge to share what they have learned with other villagers.  Since its beginnings in 1984, tens of millions of fruit trees have been planted  in developing countries!

During each week of camp, campers heard stories of the work of Trees for Life around the world.  Then, on Tuesday night, campers got to plant seeds for their own tree to take home with them and also worked as a group to plant trees here on the camp property that they can watch grow for years to come.  During Week 5, a Forest Ranger came to share more about the importance of trees and how to plant them with the group.  Offerings were collected throughout the week by campers combining their money to purchase a flag for the bulletin board.  Each flag represented a different country in the world where Trees for Life works.

The weekly totals were:

Week 1 – $258.45                                            Week 4 – $114.45

Week 2 – $197.61                                             Week 5 – $175.57

Week 3 – 161.72                                               Week 6 – $452.39

TOTAL = $1360.35

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Lemonade Stands for Trees 2000 through 2009

November 16, 2009

2000 Appel’s First Lemonade Stand

The Appel family’s first lemonade stand was held in 2000 in Nashville, Tennessee. The picture below shows young Madeline selling lemonade to buy trees for people in developing countries.

2000 Appel's first lemonade stand

Below is a note and pictures from the
2009 Appel Family Lemonade Stand

Dear Treva and Balbir,

We did have our first Denver lemonade stand for Trees for Life. The two days before our event it was snowy, rainy and cold. We decided to add hot chocolate to our menu which was fun, but turned out to be unnecessary as it was a Denver style, sunny, blue sky day (70 degrees) with snow melting around us. I think one of the girls wore flip-flops and I got a little pink from the sun!
Our turnout was moderate with some generous donors. It was a wonderful chance to meet our new neighbors and introduce them to Trees for Life. We did most of our advertising this year via internet which helped us to be more “tree friendly”. We had an exciting celebrity visit by Keir (Treva and Balbir’s son), which was really fun!
Our total for the day was $220. That is right up there with our all time best in Nashville. Not bad for our debut in Denver. I have mailed the checks and will also be sending photos. Please call when you visit Denver.
Thank you both for all that you do to make our world a more just and beautiful place.

The Appels
Denver

Dog with Appel lemonade stand

Keir Mathur with Appel daughters

Neighbors at Appel lemonade stand

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