Plant-a-Tree Full Story
The Boys Farm Plant-a-Tree campaign was started because of a little 7 year old girl named Catherine Dixon. Her grandmother, Miriam J. Shuler of Bowman, SC, was a strong supporter of Boys Farm. One year Mrs. Shuler prayed for God to help her raise $100. She handmade bead ornaments inspired from a "pearl gold" angel pin she had picked up in Louisiana. Sure enough, the first year the sale of the ornaments brought in $100. Every year thereafter, Boys Farm received over $1,000, which was raised by the sale of the handmade ornaments from Mrs.Shuler. Over the years this simple, yet profound and faithful commitment, raised over $10,000 to help make a difference in the lives of children in need.
After her grandmother passed away in 2007, Catherin Dixon planted a Magnolia tree on her 6th birthday in her memory over her grandmother. She asked all her friends coming to her party to place money on the tree so that she could donate it to her grandmother's favorite ministry - Boys Farm. The next year, Catherin planted a peach tree for her birthday and once again raised funds for Boys Farm; at this point she had raised over $1,000!
On November 15, 2008 Boys Farm had its first annual Catherine Dixon Volunteer Day. Catherine donated several trees, a wishing well, and most most of the supplies for the day. Over 100 volunteers (including Catherine and her parents) came out to plant trees, build the wishing well, paint cottages, replace flooring, serve food, and help with many other need projects.
Boys Farm has now expanded the Plant-a-Tree Program to include an orchard, red maples on Memorial Dr., a pumpkin patch, blueberry bushes, and many other trees around campus. This type of gift will allow future boys to enjoy the beauty and wonder of God's creation. Catherine's generous heart not only moved her to do something good for this ministry, but also inspired and moved so many others to do more! Indeed, you would not even be reading this if it were not for Catherine.