Volunteers plant trees in areas affected by tornado

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) -- What a difference a year makes.

Streets decimated by natural disaster are on their way back, and one undertaking, dubbed Project ReLeaf, hopes to keep that process going.

Saturday, hundreds of people took to the streets, targeting neighborhoods in the path of last year's tornado and planting a symbol of hope in each front yard.

"It's a good way for us to come together and do something positive in our community--to support those who've been through this experience," explained Beverly Byard, Prattville's First Lady and the project's organizer.

It isn't just fellow Prattville residents lending a hand and a shovel.  Volunteers from neighboring towns--and all over the state--showed up and started planting.

"It shows how close this community is.  They had the tornado come through and knock all kinds of things over, but they can come together and rebuild it just as easily," said Sam Boswell, a volunteer from Montgomery.

After Saturday's efforts, 320 trees stand in areas hit hardest by last year's tornado.

It's a facelift residents welcome.

"It's just amazing how people around Prattville and the surrounding areas come and help everybody out," said James Sanford of Prattville.

"A lot of times, you'll hear negative things about people and the bad things, but you're seeing some of the good now," explained Tom Goree, also of Prattville.

Project organizers say they'll start planting trees on commercial properties next week. The organization used sponsorships and donations to help fund the project, according to Byard.