12/14/2020 10:51:00 AM Flowers & More's formula for generosity: 2+10=12
Cody and Michelle Moe of Flowers & More, left and right respectively, pose with some of the many items local and area residents donated to the Stewartville flower shop, which passed the items on to Tracy Hoover, coordinator of the Racine United Methodist Church Food Shelf, center, on Sunday, Nov. 15. The Moes are grateful to the people who donated items. “It was utterly overwhelming and unexpected,” Michelle said.
Flowers & More of Stewartville has used a simple formula to help people in need: 2 + 10 = 12. Joining in on the 22nd annual Caring Rose Week Nov. 9-14, Stewartville's flower shop encouraged residents to donate two items and pay $10 to receive a dozen roses. Michelle Moe, owner of Flowers & More, promoted Caring Rose Week as a way to donate items to the Racine United Methodist Food Shelf, which she found with the help of a Stewartville High School social worker. Participating residents donated a variety of items, all of which Flowers & More passed along to the church's Food Shelf. Donations included: laundry detergent. cleaning supplies. feminine hygiene products. diapers of various sizes. diaper wipes. gentle soaps for babies, such as Johnson & Johnson. vanilla flavoring. seasonings such as garlic powder, cinnamon and minced onion. canned chicken. Moe was pleased with local and area residents' generosity, even in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "It was a great response from people," she said. "Some people dropped off bags of items, some dropped off several bags, and others brought in the two required items. Some brought more. There was a lot of generosity." Some people bought roses for more than the expected amount, asking that the extra funds be passed along to the Food Shelf, she said... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Dec. 15 Stewartville STAR.