by Page Austin, Lifestyle Manager
Remembering a Hero
Last month, Harvest lost a good man. Brigadier General Tom Meaney was a great neighbor, an American hero, and a dear friend to all who knew him. Tom is survived by his wife Jerilyn of 49 years and two daughters: Mary O’Rourke and her husband Patrick and Janet Gorman and her husband Robert and five grandchildren, Tiernan, Shamus, Liam, Hannah, and Megan.
Tom was a veteran and loved that Hillwood Communities partnered with Building Homes For Heroes to provide two homes in Harvest for wounded veterans. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to Building Homes for Heroes (www.buildinghomesforheroes.org). If you would like to contribute, be sure to click “Donate” and specify “Hillwood Harvest Community” in the comment box.
Harvest Neighbors Provides More Than 5,000 Meals!
Harvest and its community farm lend itself to be a natural partner with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). Homeowners give through canned food drives, produce from the community garden, and cash donations. In 2016, Harvest has provided 5,067 meals to families in North Texas!
Harvest neighbors know that the NTFB desperately needs fresh produce and they have stepped up to address that need. Neighbors are managing three garden plots that have been designated specifically for the NTFB. Homeowners Renee and Mike Simmons, Tammy and Ron Iverson, and Reni and Joel Rainier have done a phenomenal job leading the effort. This year, they have grown okra, peppers, cantaloupes, squash, onions, and tomatoes. They have donated more than 346 pounds of fresh produce to the NTFB this year. That equates to 415 meals!
We also donated more than 270 pounds of fresh produce from our demonstration garden, which equates to 322 meals.
We believe it’s important to teach children the importance of giving back. We have done this a variety of ways throughout the year. One of the most memorable was in November when we held a canned food scavenger hunt. In one hour, our Harvest children collected more than 450 pounds of food, which equates to 540 meals! It was heartwarming to see how proud the kids were that they were going to provide that many meals to the NTFB.