Projects - Girl Scouts Earth Day 2014
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Saturday, 15 January 2011 04:26

Celebrating Earth Day 2014

This is the 4th Earth Day project that Anewalt’s has teamed up with Girl Scout Troop 1051 to landscape a local property and it shows!  During the first few Earth Day projects, the girls knew very little about landscaping, they were hesitant to plant, and unsure of their moves.  Now, they jump right in; mulching, planting, and cleaning up!  What a pleasure to see especially with the unique selection of the property this year.

Anewalt’s selected Bill and Ann Wellock’s property in Wyomissing.  Bill tragically became a paraplegic in July of 2012 when a tree limb fell on him as he was riding bike on the Thun Trail, Berks County, PA.  On that particular July day, a terrible storm blew in with little warning.  Bill rushed to make his way home and a gust of wind snapped a tree and the result was life-threatening. Lori Anewalt, co-owner of Anewalt’s, originally met the Wellocks in the late 90’s when she taught Bill and Ann’s boys in grade school at Sacred Heart School.  The Girl Scout troop is affiliated with Sacred Heart, thus, many of the Girl Scouts’ parents fondly remember the Wellocks and were extremely sentimental to have their daughters be a part of the project. 

The girls happily swarmed the Wellock property, pulled weeds, planted flowers, and spread mulch, as well as cheerfulness and joy.  The girls benefited as they saw firsthand how the tragic accident may have changed Bill’s life, but not his spirit nor his desire to fight and improve each day.  It was a lesson in true character! When Bill arrived home from work, he wheeled up the sidewalk to chat with the girls and observe their landscaping with a grin!  Ann graciously provided snacks and made the afternoon very special for all.


“We are in awe of the great job the girls did with the help of the Anewalt crew who are always so professional.  We feel honored that the Girl Scouts selected our home for their Earth Day project.  The Girl Scouts were full of energy doing the work and you could tell by the excitement in the girls that they truly loved helping.” – Bill & Ann Wellock

Bill Wellock was in a traumatic, life-altering accident in July 2012  that left him paralyzed from the waist down. A tree fell on him while he was riding his bike, trying to get to shelter as a fast-moving storm approached. Along with his spinal cord injury, he sustained sixteen fractured ribs and a fractured sternum; he is among the “5 percent” that his cardiac surgeon stated survives repair of a dissected aorta. Bill will have life-long medical needs and is trying to regain strength through rehabilitation therapy. Bill, a Philadelphia native, has been a long-time resident of Wyomissing, a respected employee at Carpenter Technology, an active member of Sacred Heart parish, an alumnus of Cardinal O’Hara High School, The Catholic University of America and Villanova University. He, Ann, and their three sons all share a love of the outdoors and a sense of commitment to participate in their community and school activities.

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