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!
Aleethia Foundation