Cartersville Service League’s Poinsettia Sale takes bloom

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Continuing to offer holiday cheer, Cartersville Service League members are busy seeking customers for their annual Poinsettia Sale.

Available in three sizes and colors, the flowering shrubs will help the civic organization generate funds for area charities and scholarships.

“The poinsettia fundraiser is a wonderful opportunity for the members of the CSL to go out in the community to sell the plants while promoting the mission of our organization,” said Melissa Grinage, who is co-chairing the Poinsettia Sale with Jennifer O'Neal Morris. “The plants come from a wonderful grower and really sell themselves. They are a beautiful addition to homes and offices during the holiday season.”

Costing $10, $16 or $20, the 6-, 8- and 10-inch poinsettias range from three to more than 10 blooms. The deadline to order the plants — available in red, white and pink— is Nov. 4.

“The poinsettia fundraiser is always well received by the public,” Grinage said, adding the poinsettias will be delivered Dec. 4. “Customers look forward to purchasing the beautiful plants for their homes and offices as well as gifts to others.

“We have customers as far as Florida who purchase from CSL each year. The public generously purchases poinsettias knowing that they are supporting wonderful local charities. We are very appreciative of the support from our wonderful community year after year.”

Noting half of each sale is tax-deductible, Morris shared in her promotional materials that this year’s benefit is “off to a great start.”

Selling 2,601 poinsettias and raising $39,340, 2018’s sale almost matched the success of the record-setting benefit two years ago. Referred to as “the biggest sale to date” by the event’s previous co-chair, the 2017 fundraiser sold 2,617 poinsettias.

“The Poinsettia Sale is the longest running and largest fundraiser for the Cartersville Service League,” Grinage said. “The profits from the sale of the poinsettias provide the funds needed to support the children of Bartow County.

“Cartersville Service League was founded in 1941 with a mission to support the children and families of Bartow County. The profits from the Poinsettia Sale are combined with funds generated through other CSL benefits and presented to local charities each spring.”

Serving six-year terms, the CSL’s 35 members annually volunteer at least 60 hours.

With the public’s assistance, the league distributed more than $47,000 earlier this year to over 25 organizations — Advocates for Children, Bartow Christmas Coalition, Bartow Education Foundation, Bartow Family Resources, Bartow Give a Kid a Chance, Bartow History Museum, Bartow County Juvenile Court, Bartow County Library System, Bartow Literacy Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Cartersville Medical Center Project SEARCH, Etowah Scholarship Foundation, Hands of Christ, The Guardian Angels Program, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, New Beginnings Food Outreach, Mentor Bartow, REACH Georgia Bartow County, Bartow County Shop With a Hero, Steps of Faith Dance Company scholarships, The Bookmobile, Tranquility House, Cartersville Schools Foundation’s Mentor Canes, Footprints on the Heart, Hickory Log Vocational School and The Hope Center Foundation.

Further details about the Poinsettia Sale can be obtained by contacting Grinage at 678-438-4673 or melissagrinage@yahoo.com or Morris at 770-827-7223 or jennifer_onealmorris@yahoo.com.

For more information about the CSL, follow the organization on Facebook @CartersvilleServiceLeagueSince1941.