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A raised garden bed may seem like a pretty simple project, but thanks to the work of Eagle Scout Jonathan Franke, it means so much more for the residents of Broaddus Hospital's Mansfield Place in Barbour County. Raised beds like the ones Franke added allow some of them to keep up with a hobby longer than they may have been able to.

"The residents love gardening. We have ground beds for vegetables and so forth, but we didn't have a raised bed for vegetables, we had raised beds for flowers," said Broaddus Hospital administrator Susie Cvechko.

Franke has family who works at Broaddus Hospital, but his reasons for taking his Eagle Scout project to Mansfield House were just as personal.

"What really attracted me is that my grandmother was at the nursing home, and I visited there pretty often, so I went there and had a close relation with that, so it hit close to home," Franke said.

One benefit of the project is during the year, the hospital grows cucumbers for residents to use in their meals.

For them, though, getting to see the project come together was just as exciting.

"They love to have visitors, and they love children. So they were even able to watch the construction of this project by being outdoors with the boys when they were constructing the flower bed," Cvechko said.

She said other scouts have been in touch with her about adding more beds to Mansfield Place's garden in the future.