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Too much mulch becomes source of support for Woodbury family

A Boy Scout signs the ceremonial check presented to Ben Menier and his family July 1, 2018, at Woodbury Senior Living. Courtesy of Margaret Wachholz1 / 5
Boy Scouts take a break while helping spread mulch July 1, 2018, at Woodbury Senior Living. Courtesy of Margaret Wachholz2 / 5
A mountain of mulch is shown July 1, 2018, at Woodbury Senior Living. Courtesy of Margaret Wachholz3 / 5
Dave Menier (middle), father of Ben Menier, visits the Boy Scouts to thank them on July 1, 2018, at Woodbury Senior Living. Courtesy of Margaret Wachholz4 / 5
Boy Scouts and troop leaders pose with the ceremonial check presented to Ben Menier and his family on July 1, 2018, at Woodbury Senior Living. Courtesy of Margaret Wachholz5 / 5

An overabundance of mulch led to an outpouring of assistance for one Woodbury family involved in a car crash in late-May.

When 60 cubic yards of mulch was delivered to Woodbury Senior Living last month, campus marketing director Margaret Wachholz reached out to Boy Scout Troop 9071 leader William Earley to see if his scouts would be willing to spread the mulch in the campus' gardens. When Wachholz offered to make a donation to the scouts in return, Earley told her Ben Menier, 13, from local Troop 9060 had recently been injured in a car crash and would have a lot of rehabilitation ahead of him. The scouts decided to give any donations they received to the Menier family.

On July 1, Woodbury boys from Troop 9060, Troop 513 and Cub Scout Pack 56 helped spread mulch for villa and apartment residents, regardless of the donation amount. But word spread to the Woodbury Senior Living corporate office, whose employees donated $1,000 to aid in Menier's recovery.

Despite the heat and heavy rain, the scouts "were so well-mannered and respectful and never complained," Wachholz said. "It was touching."

Dave Menier, Ben's father, who was also injured in the crash, came out to thank the scouts for their work.

"I am not sure I have words that are adequate for these kind acts," Dave Menier later wrote on Ben's CaringBridge site, where updates will be posted about Ben's recovery. "I think what I am so touched about is, these groups of people did kind and generous acts for other people, while Ben is on their minds."

Woodbury Senior Living still has 25 cubic yards of mulch and is willing to give it away for free but is also accepting donations that will go to the Menier family. Those interested in the mulch, donating, or both can call Wachholz at 651-501-2105.

Hannah Black

Hannah Black is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism interested in the intersection of politics and the everyday lives of citizens. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and concerts, and finding new coffee shops to try. She is also an aspiring dog parent.

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