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GIVING TREE: New Hope, Minn. boy gives sapling to neighbor after storm

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Judd Ginther with his Norwegian spruce sapling Judd Ginther with his Norwegian spruce sapling
NEW HOPE, Minn. (KMSP) -

The storm clean-up continues across the Twin Cities, but things are looking up in New Hope, Minn. -- one of the hardest hit areas -- where one young boy is helping the community recover with his giving spirit.

Drive down just about any street in New Hope and chances are almost every lawn has unwanted debris left over from the storm. For 49 years, Rose Rue has called 31st and Cavell home, and to her those trees meant a lot.

"It's a part of you because you've lived with them for so many years, and it was a part of us," Rue said.

Across the street, 10-year-old Judd Ginther is dealing with his own yard issues, but he's leading the neighborhood's recovery with his Norwegian spruce.

"I was like, oh my goodness one of those is Rose's," Judd said.

So he started to wonder how he could help his friend.

"Each person in our class each got a sapling and it was a white spruce or Norwegian spruce," Judd said, explaining an Arbor Day activity.

The Norwegian spruce sapling is Judd's only one, but he decided to give it to Rose so she could start rebuilding and planting new memories.

"She's probably going to be my best friend now," Judd said.

Judd is 10 years old and Rose is 83 years young, but both say their community, no matter the age, always comes together during tough times.

"There aren't too many people who look out for other people anymore and he's just a little sweetheart as far as I'm concerned," Rue said.

The official numbers aren't in, but some homeowners in New Hope estimate they lost several hundred trees in the community. Rose Rue believes it will take 25 to 30 years before her sapling is fully grown.

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