Caring Rose Week | VideoRetha Colclasure | 11/13/2012
Dutch Mill Florist is one of about a half-dozen florists in Bismarck and Mandan participating in Caring Rose Week. It`s a national week that brings in more than 32 tons of food donations for local food pantries.
Dutch Mill Florist has a deal that`s as sweet as these roses smell.
"The slogan is 2+10=12 so you bring in two canned items or dried goods and $10 and you get a dozen roses," said florist Amber Fortney.
A dozen roses are usually nearly $60 at the shop. But Caring Rose Week has customers like Paulette Ressler, or, more accurately, her husband coming back.
"I`m glad we can donate. Otherwise I wouldn`t get any roses," she said.
Her birthday always falls during Caring Rose Week, so she says it`s the perfect way to get her husband to buy her the roses that she loves to display in her home.
"Sometimes in the kitchen. A certain place in the living room where I can see them from all directions. And just smelling them."
At its heart, Caring Rose Week is a food drive...that helps bring in more than 32 tons of food to pantries across the country.
"All of the items get donated. It comes at a perfect time. Food pantries, with Thanksgiving coming up, helps out so it really is a beneficial thing," Fortney said.
Last year, the store collected several boxes full of food to donate, stocking the shelves of food pantries and bringing a smile to the face of those taking roses home to display.
Paulette is turning 68 today, so be sure to wish her a happy birthday. Caring Rose Week lasts through Saturday.
Visit www.caringrose.org to find all participating florists.