Hundreds show up for LC Free Tree Giveaway - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hundreds show up for LC free tree giveaway

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Hundreds of Lake Area residents lined up early Saturday morning to get a free tree.

The City of Lake Charles held its 2nd annual Arbor Day event at Tuten Park.

City officials gave away 400 free trees on a first come, first serve basis.

Residents had the chance to choose from nine different varieties made possible by a grant from the Apache Foundation Tree Program.

Those KPLC spoke to were eager to get home and plant their trees.

"We came to get a tree. Plant a tree. Save the world. Make the world a better place," said Kimberly Miguez.

"I love trees. As soon as I get home, I'm going to plant it. I have a bald cypress tree and I have the perfect place in my backyard. My backyard needs shade so it's perfect," said Lisa Williams.

"This definitely took a lot of planning by a lot of different organizations but it's been really rewarding to see the different families and kids be excited about planting the trees in their yards. It's been really fulfilling to see their excitement about planting a tree," said Claire Forbes, City of Lake Charles Senior Planner.

There were a lot of other activities going on at Tuten Park. Aside from hands on lectures in Tuten Park's outdoor classroom, there were several vendors on hand with activities for the kids.

In addition to the 400 trees given away on Saturday, the city will plant another 200 trees around the city - also made possible by the grant.

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