Fam­ily Ser­vices’ fundraiser blooms

Fam­ily Ser­vices Perth-Huron’s au­tumn cro­cus sale sup­ports vis­it­ing hospice vol­un­teer pro­gram

The Beacon Herald - - NEWS - TERRY BRIDGE STAFF RE­PORTER tbridge@post­media.com

Liven up the gar­den while sup­port­ing a good cause.

Fam­ily Ser­vices Perth-Huron’s au­tumn cro­cus sale has re­turned, rais­ing money for its vis­it­ing hospice vol­un­teer pro­gram.

Bulbs are avail­able at Cozyn’s Gar­den Gallery in Strat­ford and Klomp’s Home and Gar­den in St. Pauls Sta­tion for $4 each or four for $15. The flower and its colours are fit­ting for a hospice fundraiser.

“This bright mauve peren­nial adds a burst of colour just as many other flow­ers in your gar­den are dy­ing, sym­bolic of the care and sup­port pro­vided by hospice vol­un­teers at end of life,” Fam­ily Ser­vices hospice co-or­di­na­tor Dianne Parr said in a press re­lease.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Su­san Melk­ert said the cro­cus is a unique flower based on its tim­ing.

“Most flow­ers come in the spring,” Melk­ert said Fri­day. “It’s a sym­bol of hope and re­newal.”

Melk­ert said the fundraiser has been around for about 20 years and gen­er­ally raises be­tween $400 and $800.

“While the funds raised are mod­est, the im­por­tance of shar­ing the in­for­ma­tion for the com­mu­nity that ser­vices are avail­able for vis- it­ing hospice care is most im­por­tant,” she said.

Cozyn’s store man­ager Brenda Camp­bell said they re­ceived about 80 bulbs Wed­nes­day and were down to about 30 as of Fri­day. The sale ends in mid-Septem­ber.

The vis­it­ing hospice pro­gram is free and pro­vides com­pas­sion­ate sup­port for in­di­vid­u­als and their fam­i­lies who are at end-of-life and re­quire pal­lia­tive care. Its vol­un­teers of­fer com­pan­ion­ship, emo­tional sup­port and respite care in pa­tients’ homes.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also of­fers be­reave­ment sup­port for fam­ily mem­bers. It mainly serves south­ern Perth County.

TERRY BRIDGE/THE BEA­CON HER­ALD

Cozyn's Gar­den Gallery store man­ager Brenda Camp­bell holds a bas­ket of au­tumn cro­cuses on Fri­day. Cro­cus bulbs are be­ing sold at two lo­ca­tions to raise money for Fam­ily Ser­vices Perth-Huron's vis­it­ing hospice vol­un­teer pro­gram.

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