Good Neighbors

Empty Lot Becomes a Vegetable Garden - in a Day!

Sparkt will be live for the big transformation, thanks to employee volunteers from Lowe's

So many neighborhoods in the United States are "food deserts," places where there are no grocery stores or farmer's markets nearby where families can easily buy healthy, affordable food like fresh fruits and vegetables.

Duquesne West Mifflin Boys and Girls Club program director Pat Bluett shows us how Lowe's volunteers are helping transform their campus.

Duquesne, PA, is one of those communities. But that's about to change, at least a little bit, starting today.The home improvement chain Lowe's is stepping up and sending 20 of their employees to the Duquesne Boys and Girls Club to do several projects, including planting a vegetable garden for the kids in the club's after school program.

The children will plant the vegetables, tend the garden, and get to benefit from the harvest. These tasks will teach them about good nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. They'll learn about responsibility and experience the joy of eating food they've been a part of growing. Instructors will also use the garden to teach the kids about STEM topics, like the science of plants. "They'll learn that it doesn't take much money to have a plant where they live - even in an apartment," said the Club's Eileen Stewart.

"It was so nice of Lowe's to step up."

Lowe's has also agreed to build a community garden for the Duquesne residents. The garden will include a gazebo for people to sit and enjoy.

Sparkt's Kelly Arbogast was live at the Boys & Girls Club for the big "reveal."

The boys and girls aren't just watching all of this transformation take place, they're taking part. Watch as Lowe's volunteer Rachel and others teach the kids how to plant in the new flower beds.

Lowe's giving didn't stop with the garden. The company's volunteers also helped spruce up the rest of the building and grounds with updated security lighting, fresh paint, and even a new American flag that now flies proudly by the entrance.

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