WDHN celebrates Nexstar Founders Day of Caring at Aunt Katie’s Community Garden


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — WDHN is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of Nexstar, our parent company.

On this day, Nexstar stations across the nation pick a volunteer project to give back to the community. This year staff at WDHN chose Aunt Katie’s Community Garden in downtown Dothan and worked together to build a bee eco-system.

According to Michael Jackson, the executive director, the garden gives the Wiregrass an opportunity to do more than just gardening. He said residents have the chance to interact with each other just like members of our sales, production, and engineering did.

“They have their own little special area now,” Jackson said. “This particular project will give them a food source that they can work year-round to produce honey.”

The bee habitat consist of 18 barrels filled with Annuals, Perennials, and Azaleas.

Jackson tells WDHN this project will give residents passing by an unforgettable sight and the bees a forever place to do their work.

“Our community is only as good as what we put into it,” Jackson said. “You don’t have to do a lot, just do something.”

Not only was WDHN out working on this project but city officials were also seen rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.

According to Dothan’s Mayor, Mark Saliba, it’s not always just about money, people can simply just give up their time, which goes a long way for the community.

“We are connecting people and we are caring for one another and meeting each other,” Saliba said. “I think that is a wonderful thing, it’s a blessing for those you are serving and it’s a blessing for yourself. This is how we can get things done in our community.”

Jackson said it doesn’t take blood, sweat, and tears to make a neighborhood better, it just takes determination. He said this may seem like a small step but it’s a significant one for the betterment of this particular neighborhood.

“Driving past this habitat is going to be beautiful, it’s going to stop someone and they are going to look at it, they are going to smile,” Jackson said.

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