Max Garwood and son Marquis Garwood prepare to bring down one of the dead pine trees.
Crossroad Connections assisted a family this week after receiving a phone call that the family had received a citation from the city requiring that they remove debris and three dead trees from their lot. The dead trees bordered the homeowner's and a neighbor's property. The neighbor had called in to the city concerned that the trees were cracking and they could snap with the wind and fall on his garage. The building across from the lot possesses antiques that could be destroyed if the trees were not removed. Residents of the home live on a fixed income due to health conditions and had no extra income to hire the trees to be cut down and removed. Crossroad Connections contacted a local church to see if they had anyone in the church congregation with the skills to assist in the tree removal. Warren Winkleman from the First Church of the Nazarene, volunteered to cut up the wood and haul away the debris. Donna Shoebridge, another volunteer of Crossroad Connections, referred two other gentleman from Huntington Baptist Church where she attends, Max Garwood and his son Marquis Garwood, to bring the trees down. The homeowners were asked to help the volunteers in loading the trailer with the cut up wood to clean up the lot once the trees were down. The homeowners were also asked by Crossroad Connections to give back to the organization in some way for that is the organization's policy and mission; to trade skills and resources. The family have agreed to help with mowing an elderly ladies yard for the summer and has donated two ice cream buckets full of handmade bracelets the disabled woman makes while being home bound. The bracelets are being used to sell as a fundraiser for Crossroad Connections at some of their festival booths. Proceeds then go to help with materials needed for outreach projects for the community.