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Project SnowCare volunteer Kurt Rosenthal talks to Cassy Hendricks before he plows the driveway behind her home on Fourth Street in Iron Mountain.
IRON MOUNTAIN -Project EverGreen's SnowCare for Troops (SCFT) program is entering its third season.
The non-profit organization supports military families year-round by matching up volunteers offering free services to families who have a spouse or family member deployed in the armed forces.
"We're proud to support the SnowCare for Troops program and to lend a hand to help our nation's military families who already carry so much on their shoulders," said Mark Klossner, marketing director for THE BOSS Snowplow.
"This program is our way of showing our military how much we appreciate their sacrifices and we want to thank everyone who continues to support the campaign as we kick off our third year."
Snow Care for Troops is a national program underwritten by THE BOSS Snowplow, but this is the first time in three years there has been a local family in need of the service. Cassy Hendricks of Iron Mountain signed up this year after her husband, Patrick Hendricks, left for Afghanistan in June. "It's very nice to have somebody come over and plow right away," she said.
Kurt Rosenthal of Iron Mountain is currently handling the Hendricks snow removal. He signed up to volunteer three years ago but this is the first year he was matched up with a family in need.
Rosenthal has plowed for Hendricks on four occasions already this year.
"I'm fortunate to have a plow and it's a way of giving back to the soldiers that are overseas and doing something for the families. I just want to get the word out so more families can take advantage of the service," he said. "This is a great example of small town people taking care of each other and a worldwide company - BOSS - staying true to their principles and Yooper ways."
The Hendricks' have three sons, Braeden, 3, Gavin, 2, and Carson, 1, who love to watch out the back window as Rosenthal plows the driveway. "I see their little heads popping up back there," he said.
Hendricks is very grateful for the snow care service and other community programs this season.
"The whole community has been very generous. Lot of support," she said.
Project EverGreen is a national nonprofit organization committed to informing the public about the positive effects of well-maintained green spaces, including lawns and landscapes, sports turf, golf courses, trees and parks. Its SnowCare for Troops program is modeled after its wildly successful sister program, GreenCare for Troops. In operation since 2006, GreenCare for Troops, underwritten by Cub Cadet, provides free lawn and landscape services to military families.
"It takes a very special person to give of their time and resources to back up our troops and their families and we want to thank our many landscape contractors and snow removal professionals who go the extra mile to make sure they're taken care of throughout the year," said Cindy Code, Project EverGreen executive director.
In addition to volunteer participation, donations of money or gas cards as well as loans of snow removal equipment to volunteers and community groups are also needed.
For more information on the project visit projectevergreen.com/scft/
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