“This is one of our main fundraisers for the year with the other two being our Rummage Sale in September and our Ways and Means Dance, which this year will be Jan. 26,” said Alison Wiedetz, who is co-chairing the CSL Poinsettia Sale with Sharon Hayhurst. “Any funds that are raised from the sale go directly to Bartow County and Cartersville charities. Some of the main ones that we give money to are the Boys & Girls Club, the Etowah [Scholarship] Foundation, the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Advocates for Children and many more.
“I think [our Poinsettia Sale has grown in popularity] because first of all the plants are really, very high quality. They’re just beautiful ... [and] they’re long-lasting. The main benefit being you get a beautiful purchase to decorate for Christmas but also, with that purchase, you’re helping the children of Bartow County.”
The flowering shrubs cost $8, $16 or $20, depending on the number and size of their blooms. The plants, which are cultivated by Dixie Green Growers, are available in various shades, including red, white and pink. CSL members will deliver the poinsettias Nov. 29.
As Wiedetz mentioned, the events’ proceeds will be combined with money generated through the CSL’s other fundraisers and dispersed to local charities next year.
During its last fundraising cycle, the CSL presented a total of $51,390 to more than 25 organizations in late March. The recipients included Advocates for Children, Autism in Bartow, Bartow Christmas, Bartow Collaborative, Bartow County/Cartersville Special Olympics, Bartow County Library System, Bartow County Teacher Grant Program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow County Women’s Resource Center Inc., Bartow Give a Kid a Chance, Cartersville Schools Foundation, Cartersville Schools — GateKey Scholarship, Backpack Buddies, The Etowah Scholarship Foundation, The Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity, Joshua Brown Foundation, Juvenile Court — Bartow County, Least of These, New Beginnings Food Outreach, Tranquility House, Steps of Faith, Bartow History Museum, Cartersville Little League, WinShape Camp for Communities and Bartow Health Access.
Established in 1941, the CSL is comprised of about 40 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and perform at least 60 hours per year of community service.
Some of their outreach efforts include tutoring children weekly at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Cartersville Unit, volunteering with the Special Olympics, conducting hearing and vision screenings for kindergarten students in the Bartow County School System, and distributing a weekly meal to Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter residents. They also equip area children with school supplies, gifts and necessities throughout the year.
“The Cartersville Service League to me is a vital contributor to our community,” CSL President Julie Edwards said. “... 100 percent of our money raised stays in Bartow County. To me, that is the absolute most important thing.
“I feel like each poinsettia that we sell every year represents a way for people to give back to our community. I feel like many people look forward to our sale each year for themselves as well as just spreading holiday cheer to their friends and family.”
For more information or to place a poinsettia order, call 770-366-2650 or visit www.cartersvilleserviceleague.com.