Salvation Army volunteers building a community garden

Salvation Army volunteers building a community garden


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An unused space behind the Salvation Army's main office on Broadway is being transformed in a dramatic way.

For the past few weekends, volunteers have come out to create a community garden and mural in that space for residents who live there.

The project is still in its early stages, but they hope to be finished by this May.

They plan to grow fruits and vegetables that will be used to feed the people who state at the Salvation Army.

The mural, which is being painted on a cinder block wall, will be surrounded with picnic tables.

On Saturday, volunteers finished the first coat of paint for the mural.    

"I was using this area to kill weeds because we weren't using the area," said Yvonne Yates, Salvation Army spokesman. "I didn't want it to get too overgrown with brush and debris. I thought it would be better to create something that would grow. I think God wanted us to grow something here, then kill weeds."

Volunteers are still needed for the project.

They plan to work on the project almost every Saturday until it is complete.

If you would like to volunteer, call Yvonne Yates at 865-971-4907 or e-mail her at



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