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The Ellis County Press

WILMER – Pamela McQueen, Wilmer resident, brought up the idea for a community garden months back at a town hall meeting.

"I was inspired by Obama to get involved in my community, so I became a delegate [for the Democratic party] and started attending council and town hall meetings to see what it was I could do to help," said McQue-en, Fraternal Order of Eagles group 3108 member.

Wanting to make a dent in the community at a grassroots level, McQueen presented the idea for a community garden to the council.

"Once I got the approval from the city, we started working together to make this all happen," said McQueen.

Soon, the concept of Hope Garden was formed.

Hope Garden will be on one acre of land on Goode Rd. right in front of the Unilever building.

Property owner Mike Raider donated the one acre piece of land to be divided up into plots for families in the community.

"Half will be for the families usage with an agreement that they give 10 percent of their harvest to the city while the other half will be used as a way to give back to ones in need right here in our town with the possibility to give back to the Lancaster and Hutchins food banks that have been so generous in helping us out over the years."

In efforts to get this off the ground and running, a car show will take place to raise funds this Saturday, Sept.12 on 8500 Arturo in Dallas from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The first annual Dale Graham Car Show benefiting the Hope Community Garden in Wilmer admission is $10 with free BBQ and draft beer while supplies last.

Featuring a live band from 1-3 p.m. , the awards ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. presented by Mayor Jeff Steele.

"I’m very thrilled this is going through and I look forward to sometime way down the line to have a clothing store and other ways to help people get back up on their feet."

If interested in entering your car for the show or for further information on the event or community garden, feel free to contact Pamela McQueen at 214-586-4658.

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