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Planting hope in Childress

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CHILDRESS, TEXAS -  Landscaping is a tough gig, especially when you're not getting paid.

"I don't even do my yard at home, my husband does," Barbara Sue Par said laughing.

Par is one of more than 30 volunteers with the new group Keep Childress Beautiful.

"I'm just contributing and doing my part. I was born and raised here, so I feel like I owe a lot back to the community," she said. 

They're trying to spruce up the massive Fair Park in the center of town. Laura Bird started the project after three big storms blew through destroying almost every part of the historic area.

"I wanted other people to see beauty in this community after such destruction," Bird said.

The city desperately wanted to renovate the park, but they couldn't afford to do it until the volunteers showed up. The mayor estimates the group Keep Childress Beautiful has already contributed about $30 thousand of free labor and supplies.

"It takes all of our money to pay for things like water and sewer lines, streets those kinds of things, the necessities. There's not a lot of money for extras like this, but people just care, so they're doing it for us," Mayor Barbara Jones said.

While the flowers are nice, this effort quickly blossomed into something more.

"When you start looking around and seeing people and you see people doing things and they're taking pride in it, it makes you want prideful, it makes you want to be a part," Susan Leary of the Chamber of Commerce said.

Before they knew, the group really ended up planting new life in the community.

This weekend, the group will be holding a garage sale to try and raise money for all the plants. That will take place from 7 to noon Saturday on main street in Childress.