By Michaela Marx Wheatley
The Moore American
MOORE — Moore residents picked up enough free trees Friday to plant a small forest.
The non-profit organization Moore Beautiful Trees partnered with the City of Moore, Tree Bank Foundation and Apache Corporation, and the team of city workers and volunteers gave away more than 2,300 trees to residents to offset the loss of so many trees during the May storms.
Moore Beautiful Trees planned two tree giveaways in light of the May storm damage in Moore. Among the trees available were maple, oak, juniper, redbud, crape myrtle and sycamore.
The first event held on Friday was a big success.
“I pulled in at 7:30 a.m. and they were waiting for me,” Stan Drake, assistant city manager, said.
By midday, more than 2,200 trees had been handed out. Just a handful of trees were left by noon.
“By 1 p.m. we’re out of business,” Drake said.
The city staff and volunteers initially planned on staying at the Moore Community Center until 3 p.m.
The trees were available to any Moore resident. However, organizers were happy to see that many trees went home to people who had lost trees, or worse, in the May 20 tornado.
“We had a lot of storm victims,” Drake said.
“It was good to talk to so many citizens who were displaced by the storms, and hear their stories, and hear that they are building back,” Drake said.
Residents who missed Friday’s event have one more chance. The next giveaway will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 9 in conjunction with America Recycles Day. However, there will only be about 250 trees up for grabs. Trees will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The giveaway will be held on the south side of the Moore Community Center, at 301 S Howard Ave.
The city plans additional activities around town to celebrate recycle day, Drake said.