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4.26.13 Issue

by Ozzie Nogg

The flowers that bloom in the spring (tra la) will once again be center stage at the annual L.O.V.E. Mother’s Day Flower and Balloon Sale. “This event is a fundraiser for the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home,” explained Lois Wine, Director of Volunteer Services. “We email a promotional flyer, showing the plants available for purchase, to all the contacts of RBJH residents. This makes it easy, especially for out-of-town family who may not know a local florist to call. Our sale gives everyone an opportunity to send a beautiful flowering plant to their loved one, and also feel good knowing that the money benefits the Home. Our prices are very reasonable, too.” Wine plans to send Flower Sale flyers to all agencies on the Federation Campus, Mainstreeters, and local congregations, and to post the event on Facebook. “We want as many people as possible to know about this project and support it.”

Gift options, coordinated by Flowerama’s Brenda Veasman, AIFD, include African Violets at $8; Begonias at $15; European Spring Garden Arrangement at $40 and Balloon Bouquets for $12. When ordering, please send check made payable to L.O.V.E. to Lois Wine c/o Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, 323 South 132nd Street, Omaha, NE 68154. Orders must be received by May 3. “To order after that date, please contact me at 402.334.6519,” Wine said.

Arrangements ordered locally will be available for pick-up in the Blumkin Home Gift Shop between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, May 10. “You can deliver flowers to residents that day or wait until your Mother’s Day visit on May 12,” Wine explained. L.O.V.E. volunteers will deliver out-of-town orders to residents on Friday. This year’s Mother’s Day Flower and Balloon Sale volunteers include L.O.V.E. Past President/Advisor Judy Brookstein, along with Doris and Harry Alloy, Beth Friedman, Gloria Friedman, Sheryl Friedman, Denise Ipock, Renee Kazor, Ricki Skog, Sheila Tomps and Jim and Esther Wax.

Proceeds from the Mother’s Day Flower and Balloon Sale are part of the annual monies L.O.V.E. donates to the RBJH. “We’ve very proud to write a check to the Blumkin Home for at least $10,000 every year,” Wine said. “Projects like this allow us to purchase needed items that benefit the residents and nursing staff. That’s what L.O.V.E. is all about.”

L.O.V.E. (League Offering Volunteers for the Elderly) was formed in 1971 and continues to bloom at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. If you have an interest in giving the precious gift of your time, consider becoming one of the L.O.V.E. volunteers who add quality to the lives of residents in almost every area of the Home. For more information, contact Lois Wine at 402.334.6519 or email her at