Members of Ambler Mennonite Church in Ambler, Pa., are surprising loved ones with “green” Valentine’s Day care packages.
Recipients receive a “bouquet of trees,” in which one dozen tree seedlings are donated for planting in their honor. The project supports JoinTrees, Mennonite Men’s campaign to plant 1 million trees by 2030. They will give 46 bouquets, which equals 552 trees.
“This bouquet of trees is truly life-giving!” said Gretchen Merryman-Lotze. “Trees have the remarkable ability to sequester carbon, moderate climate change and cool the earth. By supporting Mennonite Men’s campaign to plant 1 million trees by 2030, we take confidence in knowing that our seedlings will be planted in locations where they can be watered and cared for in order to grow, thrive and heal our planet.”
The project was coordinated by the church’s “Green Team” as an eco-friendly alternative to the more traditional bouquet of cut long-stem roses, which are often grown with harmful pesticides, shipped long distances and require refrigeration throughout transit. The idea developed after realizing Feb. 14 falls on a Sunday this year, providing the congregation with a unique opportunity to share their love for others and the planet.
Mennonite Men is partnering with congregations, schools, households and other organizations for its JoinTrees campaign. More information about JoinTrees is at mennonitemen.org/jointrees.