Foundation aims for prize to help soldiers

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Associated Press

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 9:01 AM

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A foundation set up to help Fort Campbell soldiers is trying to rally public support for a gardening project that provides therapy to soldiers and their families.

The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/TGaDan) reports that the Screaming Eagle Foundation is asking people to vote for its War Garden Project in an effort to win a $25,000 Home Depot gift card.

Voting in the Home Depot Foundation's Aprons in Action Facebook contest featuring the Fort Campbell project goes through the end of February. The contest calls for the public to vote for its favorite of four featured projects that benefit veterans. The organization that gets the most votes wins the funding and will be entered into a contest for even more aid.

Organizations are chosen based on volunteer projects they have already completed and the scope of a project they'd like to do.

Screaming Eagle Foundation executive secretary Wayne St. Louis said the funding would help the organization provide help to more soldiers at the sprawling post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.

"If we win the $25,000 from The Home Depot we would be able to help the War Garden Project, a supported program of the Screaming Eagle Foundation, build more gardens throughout the military installation.

"We will provide a location for horticultural therapy for soldiers and families reintegrating after deployment and for their wounded warriors, specifically those suffering from PTSD. So help us make a difference by voting everyday on Facebook, and tell everyone you know to do the same."

Projects that place as runners-up will receive Home Depot gift cards worth $5,000.

People can vote for the project by going to www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.

The newspaper reports different projects are chosen each month and the monthly winners will compete at the end of the year for a $250,000 grand prize.

The final percentages of votes for each nonprofit in the monthly contest will be posted on The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation's Facebook pages on March 1.

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Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

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