For this year’s heroes project, Lowe’s adopted the Conway Human Development Center’s community garden, working July 12 and 13 to add to the center’s campus.

CHDC’s Elizabeth Litton said earlier this year she worked to form partnerships for the center’s community garden, that was built through a grant received by the Department of Human Services.

"I met with many local businesses and Lowe’s was one of them," she said.

Lowe’s Assistant Store Manager Aaron Missman said when Litton approached him about the garden, they immediately told her it was something in which the store wanted to get involved. Ultimately, Lowe’s decided to make it the annual heroes project, which encourages employees in store locations to team up, pick a volunteer project need in the community and get out and do it together.

"Aaron Missman was so eager to team up with us," Litton said. "Together, we decided that after the garden was installed by the NCCC volunteers, that Lowe’s would come in and add on to our garden by installing a patio with a pergola and a seating area for our residents and volunteers to rest at while working in the garden."

In addition, Missman said the group also was able to lay patio block, install a storage shed for the garden materials, built a wash station next to the garden for workers to be able to instantly clean off the vegetables and placed flowerbeds around the patio.

Missman said Lowe’s gave the group $2,500 to spend on the project.

He said a group of around 10 volunteers from the store came out and worked alongside each other, sometimes even with CHDC residents, to complete the work that they set out to do, noting that each person participated on their own time and did not get paid for the work.

"Everybody worked together great," Missman said.

Despite the heat, he said the volunteers did a great job and all the work was completed.

"We really enjoy doing the Lowe’s Heroes Project," Missman said.

He said the program is a way to give back to the Conway community and overall, the store’s customers.

"Our center and residents love the new garden and we are all impressed with the work that Lowe’s volunteers did to enhance the look of the new garden space," Litton said.

CHDC will have a ribbon cutting on Aug. 4.