A St. Charles County woman is growing her garden with a mission.
Debbra Ardnt lives in O’Fallon, Missouri. Every year, her backyard garden is full of fruits and vegetables. But she doesn’t only grow the food for herself.
She calls it the “Our Giving Hands Garden.” Most of what she grows, she gives away to low income elderly people and homeless people in her neighborhood and community.
“A lot of these people have no other food,” Ardnt said. “Our elders are very proud. They are not going to tell you that they don’t have food.”
Arndt and her husband started the garden more than two decades ago when they lived in Illinois. After he died, she moved to St. Charles, but continued her mission.
With every visit, she brings more than just food to her elderly friends.
“Speaking to that person. Acknowledge that person, I tell people. Let them know that someone cares,” she said. “Because …