KCCB, volunteers sow seeds for Make A Difference Day
By PAMELA GRANT
More than 100 volunteers braved the colder weather Saturday morning to plant about 20 seed balls each which will hopefully bloom into beautiful wildflowers in the spring.
The seeds were planted as part of Wildflower Planting Day and Make a Difference Day. Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful (KCCB) organized the event, where more than 100 volunteers gathered at Copperas Cove City Park at 8 a.m.
They were given bags of supplies materials needed to make 20 seed balls apiece.
The balls included bluebonnet and wildflower seeds, compost, and more, which volunteers mixed with water and rolled into balls by hand.
“We volunteer to make the city beautiful,” said Larry Holly, Vice President of KCCB. “Our sole purpose is to beautify the city. This is just one of the projects that we do throughout the year…We couldn’t do any of these things without the cooperation of the citizens in the community.”
Richard Shaw and his wife attended Saturday’s event.
“We want to make Cove prettier,” said Shaw who added that one of his wife’s favorite things is planting flowers. “It’s a good step. Flowers make everything prettier.”
Around 9 a.m., after the volunteers made their seed balls, members of the Copperas Cove Police Department escorted the volunteers across the street to four different locations in about a mile and a half stretch of Avenue B where they planted their seed balls.
The local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had a big presence at the event with 19 members participating in the planting of the wildflowers. Several of the church’s members had also volunteered beforehand to clean up the area and dig and prepare the trenches.
“We enjoy supporting others,” said Jacob Butts, a member of the church. “We enjoy supporting the community. Charity is the purest love of Christ.”
Butts said that he had been looking forward to participating in the wildflower planting event all week. He was excited to be there along with the other members of his church and was looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom.
“It’s going to look like God has touched His hand upon the highway,” said Butts.