Recycled flowers from Kroger deliver hope to shelter, more

Sue Guinn Legg • Feb 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM

The Salvation Army’s Flowers of Hope volunteers will be volunteering in the floral department at Kroger on State of Franklin Road today in a Valentine’s Day show of love for the store’s weekly donations of flowers for the army’s shelter, public kitchen and clients in special need.

With help from Kroger, Fresh Market and the Shady Oaks Garden Club, the Salvation Army initiated its Flowers of Hope program last spring and has since placed more than 3,000 recycled arrangements on the tables of its emergency kitchen on Ashe Street, in its shelter for men, women and children who are homeless, at the bedside of clients who are hospitalized and in the homes of those who are shut in, lonely and in special need of love and kindness.

And beyond the Salvation Army, the garden club members have been fashioning flowers donated by Kroger into arrangements for area nursing home residents for the past five years.

“Kroger does so much for the community and donates so many lovely flowers to the Salvation Army, this is our way of saying thank you,” said Lainey Howard, director of community relations and development for the Salvation Army. “This charity is a result of store managers such as Ms. Kelli Sluder at Kroger who truly care about their community and are choosing an alternative by recycling these flowers instead of letting them end up in a dumpster.”

With Valentine’s Day being the busiest day of the year for florists, the Salvation Army considered it a most appropriate occasion to show their appreciation. Flowers of Hope volunteers will be on hand to assist Kroger customers with their selections today from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The program welcomes recycled flowers from floral shops, stores, weddings, memorial services or anywhere there is an excess of flowers with a few days of life left. Those who wish to chip in are encouraged to call the Salvation Army at 926-2101.

WCQR radio is accepting nominations for its eighth annual “College Dream Contest” for local parents or busy adults who dream of returning to college and completing their degrees.

Conducted in partnership with King University of Bristol, the contest will award one worthy applicant with a full scholarship to King University to complete their bachelor’s degree in information technology, business administration or criminal justice. The winner will also receive a laptop donated by Eastman Credit Union, all needed textbooks and a $50 gift card from King’s Tornado Alley gift shop.

Entries must be submitted online at wcqr.org by midnight Friday. Applicants are required to complete a brief questionnaire and to tell WCQR in 1,000 words or less why returning to college would be their dream come true.

Five finalists will be selected and their stories presented to the station’s listeners Feb. 25 on WCQR’s “Breakfast Radio” show. Listeners will choose the winner through online voting to be conducted at the station’s website, www.wcqr.org, March 1-6. For more information about the competition, call Hannah Ayers at 477-5676 or email hannah@wcqr.org.

Tickets are on sale for Forward Air’s annual Changing Lives Concert to help the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee help Greene County residents struck by disaster.

The concert will be held March 7 at Greeneville First Baptist Church and will feature a headline performance by the chart-topping Southern gospel group The Kingdom Heirs.

Tickets are $15 and are available at all Greeenville locations of Heritage Community Bank, at First Baptist Church at 211 N. Main St., Greeneville, and at any local Red Cross office. Proceeds will help provide Red Cross services to Greene County residents who are struck by house fires, floods, wind storms and other disasters.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call Anthony Morrison at the Greene County Red Cross office at 638-6441.

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