Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April Wounded Warrior Wedding at Walter Reed

Freedom Petals Inc. and The Herndon Florist provided beautiful flowers for a special couple at Walter Reed this month.  We were so excited to help Rick and Lynn with their wedding flowers.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

February/March Events - Speaking Engagements and Warrior Dinner

  Whew!  This has been a very busy 2017 already.  We had two successful speaking projects; one with the Laurel Garden Club in Springfield, VA February 28th and one at Fort Myers Army Officer  Spouses Club of Greater Washington Area (AOSCGWA).   We have three volunteers from the Laurel Club; Carrie, Judy and Joyce.  Thanks for all your support.

Our St. Patty's day flower event for the Wounded Warrior Aleethia Dinner  at the Fairfax/Arlington Elks club was wonderful.  Thanks to everyone who baked delicious "Green" cupcakes for this occasion.  They were deeply appreciated by all.  We had several new happy volunteers who came to learn and try their hands at creating flowers for this event.  They had attended our speaking engagements and came to help at this event.





 
 

Once again our thank you notes from Margaret say it all.  And she includes a collage of our flowers from the dinners.  We love the families and warriors that Margaret and Hal support every Friday night at the dinners.  We have met some of the most interesting veterans.


Dearest Michele,

Thank you and your band of "Freedom Petals" volunteers for all the beautiful floral arrangements that brighten up the room and filled the room with smiles.   Over 60 wounded/injured/ill service members, their families and guests enjoyed the "St Paddy's Day" theme flower arrangements at Aleethia's Friday Night Dinner held on March 17th at the Fairfax Elks Lodge.  Flowers bring a moment to forget about our troubles.  Many attending the dinner are going through cancer treatments and the flowers certainly lifted their spirits.  The extra bouquets were taken back to the Fisher Houses to bring joy to those unable to attend the dinner.

Also, we thank the volunteers who provided the "dozens" of amazing "green" cupcakes We took a few back to Fisher House 5 that has many children residing in this house.  We heard they were eaten within minutes of the delivery and left many "green" smiling faces!!!

We always enjoy when Freedom Petals makes everyone have that warm and fuzzy feeling when being in a room filled with flowers!

Hugs and Blessings to all!

Margaret
Aleethia Foundation




In April Freedom Petals with the help of Anne Harvey from the Herndon Florist will be providing flowers to a veteran that we met at the March Aleethia dinner.  He is getting married in April at Walter Reed's Chapel.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 3rd Aleethia Dinner and Boulder Crest Couples Dinner Flowers

The Friday, February 3rd 2017 flower event was a  huge success.  We had new volunteers and of course our Friday team working very hard to make the early Valentine themed flowers so beautiful.
Thank you to all who share their talents at my house every month creating bouquets for our heroes.

Here is the note from Margaret of Aleethia and a collage of our dinner table arrangements.

Hi Michele,

Thanks to you and the Freedom Petals' volunteers for spreading joy with flowers!  The floral arrangements always add beauty to the tables and fill the room with positive energy and smiling faces. I'm attaching a collage of "smiling faces!"  Cheryl was so happy to take back the extra bouquets to the Fisher Houses and she was planning to put bouquets in the patients/families' rooms to brighten their day and make them feel special.  I heard the cupcakes were gone within the hour of their delivery.

As you know flowers serve a dual function ... the joy of both giving and receiving!

We look forward to Freedom Petals bringing more smiles to Aleethia's Friday Night Dinner in March.

Best,

Margaret
Aleethia Foundation






The first week in February I also received a call from Carrie our contact at Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont Va. asking for some table flower arrangements for a couples dinner they were planning for 
Saturday 11 February.  The large farm tables are in each of the log cabins on the property.  Theresa and I got together one afternoon and created them for this event.  Thank you so much for your time and talents.






Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Daughters of the American Revolution Speaking Engagement - 12 November 2016

On Wednesday, November 12th, Freedom Petals had the opportunity to speak at the Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon chapter meeting.  It was in conjunction with the chapter’s community service event to provide outreach and support to veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism. DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities; including supporting active duty military personnel and assisting veteran patients.  We are proud to have been able to work with them to provide wonderful floral arrangements for our veterans.
During the event, Freedom Petals’ Michele Bevington and Marilyn Myers, visited the DAR’s 1776 Chapter to share our experience in flower arranging.  Following the demonstration the twenty DAR volunteers, using FP donated flowers and mugs, made over forty beautiful flower arrangements to be delivered to the Armed Forces Retirement Home here in Washington DC.

It was truly a pleasure to have such a successful speaking engagement to share the mission of Freedom Petals Inc. and support their flower arranging event.   It was so fulfilling because of the exceptional interaction with the DAR members and our ability to support our retired veterans at the same time.



4 November Aleethia Dinner Event

Dear Michele,
Thanks to you and all the wonderful volunteers of Freedom Petals who designed such beautiful floral arrangements for Aleethia’s Friday Night Dinner held on November 4, 2016 at the Washington Golf & Country Club.  It made the dining room more welcoming and created a sharing atmosphere.   It’s been said that the essence of flowers contain magical healing powers and that was quite evident by all the excited smiles.  Besides all the service members and caregivers leaving the dinner with a container of flowers, several bouquets were delivered to families at the Fisher Houses on base.  We learned that one of the Fisher Houses was hosting a “pancake breakfast” for Veterans on Saturday and were thrilled to receive some of the centerpieces.  The “floral ballpoint pens” were delivered to the staff on the oncology wards at WRNMMC.   
Also, we greatly appreciate your generosity in donating the gift cards that will be included in the upcoming holiday gift bags for the wounded/injured/ill service members and caregivers.
Again, thank you for touching everyone in such a joyful and unique way.   We wish you, your volunteers and their families a very Blessed Thanksgiving!
Hugs,
Margaret
Aleethia Foundation


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Aleethia Dinner - at the Rock Creek Knights of Columbus Hall

The Freedom Petals flower event to support the Friday Night Aleethia Dinner 16 September sponsored by the Ledo Club was a huge success.  

The flower collection during the week was not so successful because fall brings lots of potted plants instead of bouquets.
So as usual when I request our creative volunteers to bring some flowers they always come through.  Also, Barbara Levermann from the Western Fairfax Women's Club and the Chantilly Garden Club brought 4 coolers full of flowers and beautiful greens from their gardens to supplement our event.  I can't thank her enough and her crew for these perfect donations.  My special partner for the last seven years Anne Harvey from the Herndon Florist donated a huge multi-colored box of Alstroemeria.  She is always our angel.

Ten volunteers came to work and create over 40 arrangements for the dinner tables and for everyone to bring back a special flower to Walter Reed.  We had two new Freedom Petal volunteers (Betty and Jane) that helped to make the flags and silk flower pens for the Walter Reed Nurses.

Thanks to all for your time and passion you give each month!




Dear Michele,

What a night!  With 20 "playful" children in attendance, we definitely needed the flowers to make the environment of the room more relaxed and happy while providing increased levels of positive energy!  Everyone left with smiles.   Also, some of the extras bouquets brought smiles to patients staying at the Fisher Houses.  The floral pens headed to Building 10 (WRNMMC) and were given to nurses on several wards.

Again, thanks for all the beautiful floral arrangements ... they certainly generated happiness.   Attached is a collage of some of the arrangements.  We pasted a collage of the Friday Night Dinner on Aleethia's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AleethiaFoundation/

Looking forward to seeing you in November!

Hugs,

Margaret

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Aleethia Dinner - Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge August 12th



The Friday, August 12th Flower Event was a huge success, the 10 volunteers from the Friday team worked tirelessly to create beautiful table arrangements for the Warrior Dinner at the Elks Lodge 2188.  The room was immediately transformed with our flowers welcoming over 80 attendees from our warrior families.  The pot luck dinner was delicious with grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and fried chicken.  The Elks members are so organized and so kind to host these dinners.  Freedom petals provided the flowers and also contributed 90 cupcakes (thanks to Mary Beth, Donna, Barbara)  for this event.  We celebrated a wounded warrior member birthday and a 9 year wedding anniversary as well.  And of course we provided special flowers to both.
I have attached a special thank-you note from our Aleethia POC Margaret.  
Thanks so much to the Freedom Petals Family,
God Bless, Michele

Michele,

Thanks so very much to you and your band of volunteers who designed such beautiful floral arrangements for Aleethia's Friday Night Dinner being held at the Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge.  You can't help but feel such positive energy and emotions of happiness as the wounded/injured/ill service members and their families entered the room.  I believe the flowers created a room filled with sharing, laughter and healing.

Again, Freedom Petals outdid themselves.  We are so appreciative of Freedom Petals' partnership with Aleethia's programs.  We look forward to the next time you can fill the dining room with happiness!

Also, thanks for the help with the birthday cake, anniversary flowers and more.  Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Hugs,

Margaret