Garden Of Hope Thanks SRHS, Seeks Support

The Garden of Hope would like to thank Seminole Ridge High School Student Government members for helping collect and organize care packages for children at Palms West Hospital.

Seven years ago, Garden of Hope’s Tracy Newfield and her family spent Thanksgiving in the hospital, where her daughter had surgery to remove a brain tumor. Newfield knew she would do something to show her gratitude one day.

The garden is growing with many seeds planted courtesy of donations from people who are excited for the garden to be constructed. It has been approved for an area in the second phase of the Acreage Community Park expansion project. Bricks can be ordered and purchased from the Garden of Hope’s web site ( at a cost of $50. These bricks will form a “Ribbon of Hope.”

Garden of Hope is requesting letters from local residents to help move it to the first phase. Letters can be sent to the Indian Trail Improvement District at 13476 61st Street North, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. To contact the group, write to 7309 Banyan Blvd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470.

Donations and sponsorships go toward care packages to someone who is in need of heartfelt support during a traumatic time. So far this year, Garden of Hope has donated 60 care packages.

Sponsorship from a business will get your name on the Garden of Hope web site and Facebook page. This page is for all residents to post their thoughts and prayers or tribute to a loved one.

The web site is up and running, but it is growing and will be upgraded in the next month so that anyone can leave notes to someone you would like to honor or support. Garden of Hope members will be on hand in January at the Acreage Landowners’ Association’s Community Park Jam, selling popcorn, hotdogs and other items, with proceeds going to a family that has just lost a loved one and a family that has had a terrible car accident in the community.

The Garden of Hope is an incorporated entity and has been in search of someone with experience in applying for 501 documentation to help. All documentation is ready and waiting, and the group has the funds to file.

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ABOVE: SRHS Student Government members Austin Taylor, Natalie Fisher, Taylor Gouveia, Wayne Selogy, Brad Hargesheimer and Frankie Ricarrdi with Tracy and Jessica Newfield, Joyce Gorring and Anaya, Sandy Semande, and Jeanne and Morgan Lauer deliver care packages for children at Palms West Hospital.