Even though Halloween is more than a month away, Cartersville Service League members already have their sights set on the holiday season. The group’s annual Poinsettia Sale will kick off Oct. 6.
“Every plant sold helps one child in need in our community,” said CSL member Cassie Gibson, who is co-chairing the sale. “Seeing the amount of plants that arrive on delivery day represents the families we are walking alongside and the hard work of our ladies.
“The plants are so vibrant and beautiful. It is nice having a tangible reminder of the fruits of our labor throughout the community during the holidays.”
Available in red and white, the 6-, 8- and 10-inch poinsettias will cost $10, $16 or $20, respectively. The deadline to order the flowering plants is Nov. 3.
“The public has graciously purchased thousands of plants each year, and we begin receiving questions about the sale as soon as the first cool day of fall arrives,” Gibson said. “Every year, we receive multiple compliments regarding the impressive size and health of the poinsettias we offer as well as the friendly faces of CSL around the community on delivery day.”
On Dec. 2, CSL members will deliver the plants or customers can opt to pick them up curbside at the Cartersville Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“I enjoy delivery day and the joy it brings people when their beautiful plants have arrived,” Gibson said. “Poinsettia sales act as one of our largest fundraisers of the year requiring all hands on deck. It’s an extremely busy and fun day working as a team to ensure all poinsettias make it to their homes safely.”
Last year’s Poinsettia Sale generated more than $31,000.
“I strongly encourage the community to purchase our beautiful poinsettias grown by Dixie Green Inc.,” CSL President Leslie Mauldin said. “Purchasing these plants this year especially will help us make up for our losses last spring. They make wonderful gifts for family, teachers and friends.
“These funds will be combined with our Rummage Yard sales along with our scholarship donations and will be directly distributed into the community. One-hundred percent of all money raised goes to our local nonprofits in April and May of 2021.”
Formed in 1941, the CSL is comprised of 35 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and annually volunteer for a minimum of 60 hours. The members also present various benefits, like the Poinsettia Sale, throughout the year, which raise funds for area nonprofits.
With the public’s assistance, Cartersville Service League distributed $43,415 in spring 2020 to over 25 organizations — Advocates for Children, Bartow Christmas Coalition, Bartow Education Foundation, Bartow Family Resources, Bartow History Museum, Bartow County Juvenile Court, Bartow County Library System, Bartow Literacy Council, BLESS Coalition, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Building Bridges Across Bartow County, Cartersville Medical Center Project SEARCH, Etowah Scholarship Foundation, Hands of Christ’s Douglas Street UMC and First Presbyterian Church locations, Guardian Angels Program — St. Francis of Assisi, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, 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, Special Olympics, Recovery Bartow and The Hope Center Foundation.
“COVID19 has definitely impacted the CSL fundraising efforts,” Mauldin said. “Last spring, we had to cancel our fern fundraiser, which estimates $8,000 revenue towards our annual distributions. Then we had to accommodate our annual Rummage Sale to several ‘yard sales’ throughout the summer and fall in order to follow government guidelines and protect our community.
“Our next and final sale will be Oct. 17 in the Cartersville Middle School parking lot,” she said, referring to the sale featuring household and baby items, furniture, a bicycle and outdoor toys from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We are very pleased with the revenue this has brought in thus far and will hopefully match if not make more than our previous typical Rummage Sale. Poinsettia sales, chaired by Cassie Gibson and Lori Shook, will be our next fundraiser and we are creatively coming up with ways to increase our revenue as well.”
Further details about the Poinsettia Sale can be obtained by calling Gibson at 678-899-5544 or visiting www.cartersvilleserviceleague.org.