By Jarret Romanello, firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Depot # 0283 in Fort Pierce donated a John Deere 3120 lawn tractor and $ 500 gift card to the Arc of St. Lucie County after thieves stole the nonprofit organization’s trailer and lawn equipment on September 30.
The early morning heist from the Arc’s Adult Day Training Program off Kirby Loop Rd in Fort Pierce robbed Arc clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities of essential items needed to learn life skills and promote their independence.
Arc clients use the lawn equipment during gardening instruction and life lessons to learn vocational skills and to feel inclusive with their peers. “Working with gardening allows the more than 120 adults we serve to feel valued and capable,” said Arc of St. Lucie County CEO Athary Koning.
When Karen DiPalma heard of the theft she approached her manager at Home Depot to see if the company could help. Manager Tara Naylor immediately contacted the Arc to offer her assistance. “Home Depot values the work the Arc of St. Lucie County does and is happy to help them recover from their loss,” said Home Depot Manager Tara Naylor.
Now clients have a brand new green John Deere lawn trailer to continue their day training. “Providing opportunities for our clients to thrive and giving them a routine is important to their quality of life. We are extremely grateful for Ms. Naylor and Home Depot’s generosity.” Koning said.
And Koning believes when you receive a blessing, you give one in return. The Arc is starting a garden at the Adult Day Training Program. “Our clients are going to grow fruits and vegetables and donate them to other non-profit organizations in need of food,” Koning said.
After Home Depot donated the lawn tractor, the Arc used the $ 500 gift card to purchase a shed from the store to secure the new lawn equipment. “One hand helps the other. Home Depot supports our community because the community supports us,” Naylor told The St. Lucie Post.