Florists give back to community through Caring Rose Week

Published: Nov. 9, 2020 at 7:22 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -Two North Platte florists are participating in a nationwide event to donate food to their local food pantries.

The Flower Market and Westfield Floral are two of the many florists taking part in Caring Rose Week.

Caring Rose Week is from Nov. 9 to Nov. 14. During this week, members of the community can bring two or more canned food items along with $10 and purchase a dozen wrapped roses. At the end of the week, the collected food will be donated to local food banks.

“It is a nice way for us florist to give back to the community during a time of need,” said Owner of Westfield Floral Kristine Henningson.

In 1998, a man named Harry Whelden in Sioux Falls, SD, took an interest in initiatives towards National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. At the time, Whelden was the general manager of North American Wholesale Florist. He created Caring Rose Week to help those without food during the holidays. Since its creation, flower shops around the nation participate in Caring Rose Week to give back to their communities.

“The experience of giving and receiving flowers and that shows that you are thinking of someone or honoring someone or remembering their birthday or a holiday,” said Sarah Talbott, owner of Flower Market and Gifts. “So it always nice to let someone know you are thinking of them and a nice way to do that is through flowers.”

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