Good Neighbor Day To Benefit Local Children

Published 11:44 am Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Two local florists, Carter’s Flower Shop and Rochette’s Florist, are teaming up with the Farmville Junior Woman’s Club this year on Wednesday, Sept. 10, for Good Neighbor Day. Along with the usual good neighbor theme, this year’s event offers an opportunity for the Farmville community to make Christmas brighter for area youngsters.

“With the money raised from Good Neighbor Day, we will find local children that might not get a Christmas this year and provide them with toys, clothing, and other necessities,” stated Georgia Holman, of the Farmville Junior Woman’s Club.

Two Farmville florists will give away a dozen roses to each person that stops by on Sept. 10.

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That’s close to 15,000 roses, noted Carolyn Jones of Carter’s Flower Shop.

Good Neighbor Day, now in its 20th year in Farmville, is just what the name implies. Each person who receives a dozen free roses focuses on their neighbors by presenting them with a rose. The concept is simple: keep one rose for yourself and give the other 11 away.

Local business sponsors help defray the cost of the roses.

“After the purchase of the roses, all proceeds and any donations will benefit the Farmville Junior Woman’s Club who will use the funds to bring Christmas to area children who might go without,” Jones added.

“Our organization has been a part of Farmville for over 90 years,” Holman noted of the local Club. “Throughout the year we raise funds to support various causes.”

In the past the Farmville Club has supported Madeline’s House, March of Dimes. Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse, Relay for Life, and Patrick Henry Family Services.

“Today we continue these goals with members made up of career women and housewives with a variety of interests,” Holman added.

“There’s no surer way to put a smile on someone’s face than to hand them a beautiful rose,” Jones concluded.

This year, thanks to Carter’s, Rochette’s, and the Farmville Junior Woman’s Club, those smiles will still be around on Christmas morning.

For more information on Good Neighbor Day or to become a sponsor, contact the Farmville Junior Woman’s Club, Carter’s Flower Shop, or Rochette’s Florist.