Re-LEAF Effort in Arlington

Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News

Seven months after tornadoes tore through southwest Arlington, residents got some help returning their neighborhood to normal thanks to the Arlington Tornado Re-LEAF event Saturday.

One twister uprooted thousands of trees but on Saturday morning dozens of volunteers planted about a thousand new trees in storm-ravaged neighborhoods.

Rachel Ciupek-Reed's home on Chapel Springs Court still needs a new roof, but she says the new trees lift her spirits.

"I wouldn't know where to put the trees, and how to get them all put [in] correctly," she said. "It means a lot to have trees again, because they're beautiful and it makes it feel like home."

Each homeowner got up to four free 10-gallon trees of different varieties.

The new trees were provided by a $40,000 donation by the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation. Corporate and private donations made the plantings possible.

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