It’s an amazing sight to see when the thoughts and actions of a single individual impact an entire community. It’s even more of an astounding moment when the individual acts simply out of the kindness of his heart. On Friday, May 31st, one of these remarkable moments occurred at the Summit DD Ellet center. Devon Pangburn, a 15 year old Eagle Scout candidate, unveiled three raised garden beds that he’d constructed for the center’s garden club.
Close to 50 persons served were in attendance to plant the first foliage at the unveiling. Jim, a member of the center’s garden club, was excited to use the new beds. “These gardens are very nice. I love being outside gardening,” he said with a smile. There was no shortage of happy faces during the event.
“It’s so wonderful to see the reactions from everyone. It’s a great feeling to know that what I built is going to make a difference,” Devon proudly stated.
Weeks before the event, Devon noticed a need for the beds at the center. “We don’t have a lot of land to work with here. In the past, we have used pots and recycled tires to create our garden,” said Ellet Center Facility Manager, Drew Williams. “Devon’s Eagle Scout project gives us more room and allows more people to participate, thanks to the usable space that it creates.” The height of the beds also allows individuals in wheelchairs to access the gardens.
Devon started the project by recruiting the help of his younger brother, Kelan. Together they built a detailed Lego model of the garden beds. “It may seem silly, but the Legos helped me determine the quantity and size of the building materials needed,” said Devon.
To acquire the building materials, Devon and his mother, Susan, diligently contacted local businesses. They collected over $700 in donations from various establishments including Carter Lumber, Henry Bierce and the Canton Road Garden Center. Jubliee Donuts also provided Devon and the build team with the perfect morning fuel for a summer project.
“It’s so great because everyone came together for this. Friends, family, center staff and local businesses all contributed so much,” said Devon gratefully. This project is a true testament that wonderful things happen when a community unites.