We wanted to take a moment to say "Thank You" to all of those who have donated. Your support has been a huge blessing and we could not have gotten to where we are now without the help that we've received from the community. It's truly been amazing. We've bought gas for the mowers, supplies for the weed eaters, and oil for all of the equipment.
You all have done so much! If you don't mind we have just one more favour to ask.
Our very own Andy Harpole has been nominated for the Eagle Rare Life Award from Eagle Rare. The winner of this contest receives $50,000 for their charity. If Andy wins, 50K gets poured into Eastern Cemetery and it would also be a huge media event which would help raise awareness.
He will win by getting the most votes. To vote for Andy, just click on the "Vote for this Story" here:
Thank you to all who have donated. You'll be interested to know that we are only $6 away from hitting the $1,000 mark. This is amazing! Can you imagine that a cemetery that once had 8 feet of grass as standard feature is now beloved by numerous donors and is now regularly kept up by a band of volunteers who love what they do? Thank you to those who have given. We are forever in your debt.
Here's to the next $6 dollars and beyond. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Eastern Cemetery lies in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky. This 30 acre space holds some of Louisville's finest citizens dating all the way back to 1840.
In the late 1980s, after issues with money and management, Eastern Cemetery became effectively abandoned. Since then there has been very little done to upkeep this sacred ground and sadly enough, it's gone into horrible disrepair. To say it has been neglected would be an understatement.
Instead of visitors coming to mourn their dead, there are vandals. Instead of lovely signs directing visitors to plots of interest there is graffiti. Instead of lovely flora dotting the landscape there is trash. Trees grow right out of graves.
Friends Of Eastern Cemetery was formed to clean up this holy ground and we've made great headway! Our group is now over 30 strong. We love what we are doing, but we need your help!
Our volunteers supply all equipment, gas, oil, and everything else needed in order to maintain the cleanup effort and it can get costly.
Right now we desperately need chainsaws as we cut most trees by handsaws, hand axes, or machetes. Gas and oil are always a much needed commodity, and we simply don't have enough weed eaters.
More lawn mowers would be a blessing. We need signage, road repair work, edgers, limb nippers, and just about anything else a regular landscaping crew needs.
With your help we will be able to better serve the Louisville community and those people who have their loved ones buried in Eastern. If you can, please consider helping us so we may help those who can no longer speak for themselves.