Photo: Employee volunteers from Fayetteville Kohl’s gathers at Christian City’s Community Garden for Kohl’s annual “Go Green” initiative. From left, Kimberly White, Director of HUD Affordable Housing at Christian City, joins volunteers, Leslie White, Patricia Robertson, Carnell Redden, Tony Keel, Denise Anderson, India Foxworth, and Maria Winfrey (not pictured: Bethany Warren and Deanna Malone). Christian City Facilities Director, John Kimmons (back row, far right) and Johnny Kimmons assisted the volunteer group.
As part of Kohl’s “Go Green” initiative, a group of employees from the Fayetteville Kohl’s store volunteered to spruce up the Christian City Community Garden.
The group of seven Kohl’s employees braved the heat and worked in the garden along with Christian City employees and residents to accomplish their mission. In just a few hours, the team planted four butterfly bushes, placed garden soil in six garden plots, affixed personalized name tags on 55 garden plots, and spread new mulch at the front entrance.
“Thanks to the dedicated volunteers from Kohl’s in Fayetteville, our community garden is now ready for the summer growing season!” said Connie Hall, Christian City’s volunteer coordinator. “We appreciate the valuable assistance these volunteers provide on our campus each year through their ‘Go Green’ initiative.”
The community garden at Christian City began as an Eagle Scout project initiated by an employee’s son. Thanks to onsite construction assistance provided by employee volunteer teams from Georgia Power, Delta Air Lines, Post Properties and Batson-Cook, phases 1-3 were completed in 2015. The final phase is planned for future completion.
Senior residents at Christian City now have the opportunity to grow fresh vegetables and flowers in the garden, which includes 8 wheelchair accessible beds. The garden is maintained by residents and volunteers.
In past years, Kohl’s employees have helped with the container garden on the Christian City Nursing & Rehab Center patio reserved for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. They have also assisted in Polly’s Garden at The Children’s Village at Christian City.
About Christian City
Christian City was established 50 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day, 1965. Today, there are almost 1,000 residents living on the Christian City campus, which has grown to more than 500 acres. The campus includes The Children’s Village, a thrift store, four subdivisions of patio homes for seniors in a “life lease” setting, four apartment complexes for seniors on limited incomes, a 200-bed rehabilitation and nursing center, a 200-bed assisted living/personal care home, and two specialty units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For more information about Christian City, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-964-3301.