Local non-profit putting grant to work in the garden

By Mark Bullion

January 15, 2013 Updated Jan 15, 2013 at 7:44 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It was a very exciting Tuesday morning for Denise Urycki and Kim Keenan at Bosch Garden and Watering.

The two head up Gifts in the Moment, a Peoria non-profit organization that educates residents in rougher neighborhoods of the city about the importance of healthy eating, specifically through community gardens like this one near Trewyn school.

Tuesday morning no doubt served, as a gift in the moment.

"It's unbelievable," said Urycki.

The proof is there, a check for almost $5,000 and a basket full of gardening tools to help build a second community garden either on Peoria's South Side or the East Bluff, areas that are particularly food deserts. However, the basket and bucks are only the beginning.

"We will also be providing them with the time, the time of our associates, so a number of our associates have really welcomed being able to get involved in this and go down and spend some company hours to actually help out in some of the garden projects they've got going," said Denise Powell, President of Bosch garden and watering.

"This garden that Bosch is sponsoring will allow us at a minimum double the amount of produce we make available," said Denise Urycki, Co-Director of Gifts of the Moment.

"It gives you a great feeling of pride to be associated with an organization that is contributing some of its profits not only to the local community but to social responsibility," said Powell.

That's something that has dated back since the company started in 1886.

"It has a long standing history in terms of giving back to society as a whole and to local communities as well," said Terry Horan, President and CEO of Robert Bosch Tool Corporation.

All that's left is figuring out where the garden will be, waiting for the last frost, and garden they go.

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