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Tree Giveaway is a huge success

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Local residents wait patiently in a long line of traffic in order to receive a free native tree on Thursday, March 24. (Charlotte Hudson, Bossier Press-Tribune)

Hosted by the Arbor Day Foundation, Shreveport Green and Texas Roadhouse, hundreds of local residents waited patiently in a long line of traffic in order to receive a free native tree on Thursday, March 24.

This 500 tree giveaway took place to help replenish trees lost during recent years as a result of winter weather, drought, storm damage, and new construction in our area.

“The Keep Bossier Beautiful board and volunteers are thankful to have been invited to join Shreveport Green, Texas Roadhouse, and the Arbor Day Foundation for a successful Tree Giveaway. Volunteers arrived in the parking lot of Texas Roadhouse early to assist with unloading trees. And, residents began lining up at 9:00 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. start time. The dogwood and magnolia trees were the first to go, but it didn’t take long for all 500 trees to find new homes. This giveaway was intended to replenish the tree canopy in the Shreveport- Bossier area from trees lost due to storm damage, drought, the February 2021 freeze, and new construction. We are grateful for sponsors like Texas Roadhouse and the Arbor Day Foundation that invest in our Shreveport-Bossier neighborhoods and for organizations like Shreveport Green that have been enhancing our communities for more than 30 years,” said Lynn Bryan, Keep Bossier Beautiful Executive Director.

The event was scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Texas Roadhouse parking lot, 1005 A Gould Drive. However, less than an hour into the giveaway, eager residents claimed all 500 trees.

Those who did not receive a tree were given a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse.

About Keep Bossier Beautiful

The original KBB charter was submitted to Secretary of State, Jim Brown, December 23, 1985 requesting acceptance of the Articles of Incorporation for the Bossier City Clean City Committee by Mrs. Marie Wissman, President, Mr. Clay Brock, Vice President and Mrs. Billie Thomas, Secretary-Treasurer. This request was approved and date stamped December 26, 1985 providing Bossier Parish a beautiful gift during the gift giving season. In November of 2003, the organization was renamed Keep Bossier Beautiful. All Keep America Beautiful affiliates are now asked to follow this pattern in order to show unity throughout the nation. Over the years, community board members and volunteers have performed litter cleanups; built five gateways around our parish; planted numerous flowers, shrubs and trees; and performed other beautification projects. KBB board members and volunteers also partnered with the City of Bossier City in the creation of the Liberty Garden located at the Bossier City Municipal Complex. And, they were instrumental in the collection of items and installation of a pyramid shaped time capsule buried in 2000 at the Bossier City Library and History Center.

Keep Bossier Beautiful (KBB) is working to end litter, improve recycling and beautify our communities as are all of the forty Keep Louisiana Beautiful Affiliates throughout the state of Louisiana.

(Charlotte Hudson, Bossier Press-Tribune)
(Kathleen Weir, Bossier Press-Tribune)
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