State Farm gives away free trees fore Arbor Day

Staff report

     For the past 10 years or so, Rick Meyer, local State Farm Insurance agent, has been visiting fourth graders in their classrooms throughout Jones County, giving away Norway Spruce saplings. This annual event was in recognition of Arbor Day.

     This year, Arbor Day was celebrated on April 24. Due to the closure of schools and social distancing guidelines laid out by Gov. Kim Reynolds associated with COVID-19, State Farm was unable to teach children about the importance of trees: They help prevent soil erosion, increase property values, wildlife habitat, etc.

     In an effort to continue with tradition, State Farm will still be giving trees away to the public, while practicing safe social distancing rules.

     On Saturday, May 9, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., families can take a drive to the State Farm office, 615 S. Main St. in Monticello, swing through the parking lot to pick up their Norway Spruce sapling, and get a chance to wave at the State Farm Bear. One tree will be given out to each household/carload.

     “We still wanted to give away trees, but create a social distancing-safe event,” said Meyer.

     After the State Farm Easter egg hunt event was postponed a couple of times, Meyer said this is a great way for families to spend time together while learning about the benefits of trees.

     Meyer said after giving away trees for close to a decade, some have reported that their trees are already 20 feet tall.

     “They can grow to 100 feet tall,” Meyer said.

     State Farm uncourageous families to get out of the house and plant a tree for Arbor Day.

     Meyer said for the well being of everyone, please make sure your family/children remain in the vehicle when circling through the State Farm parking lot.

     Aside from the free tree, State Farm will also be handing out educational information about the trees for families to review at home. Before planning your tree, be sure to call 8-1-1 before you dig.

     Questions can be directed to State Farm Insurance at 319-465-4267.


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