A new project called Planting Hope promises to help restore Minot to its former green glory.
The goal of the project, announced this week by Minot's Noon?Rotary Club and Sunrise Rotary Club, is to raise enough money to purchase grass seed, which will be distributed to residences, businesses, the Minot Park District, the Minot public schools and anyone who was impacted by the Souris River flood of 2011.
The Rotarians set a goal of raising $200,000, which they project will pay for enough grass seed to accomplish their mission. So far, they've raised $25,000, with more donations coming in from other Rotary clubs. Considering that the project has barely begun, those are encouraging signs.
Seed would be distributed in early May, but that will be somewhat dependent on the weather. There won't be a formal sign-up process. Anyone interested in obtaining grass seed will be encouraged to show up once the distribution date and site have been established. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for the seed to be distributed to those who need it.
We applaud the Rotary clubs of Minot for tackling such a community-oriented project. We have no doubt that Planting Hope will be successful. It's another example of Minot residents helping each other recover from the flood.