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Holiday Presents Came Early this Year…

By Iwona Erskine-Kellie (Flickr: [1]) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

“…From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold”

We are so incredibly grateful to many angels for their generous gifts throughout the holiday season, and we’d like to share the news with you.

Brian and Grace Charland presenting Leslie K. and Joyce B. with the first of four generous gifts.

Brian and Grace Charland presenting Leslie K. and Joyce B. with the first of four generous gifts from the Raymond and Elaclaire Gosselin Charitable Foundation


We are very excited to report that we received the largest donation in the history of the Power of Flowers project to date from the Raymond and Elaclaire Gosselin Charitable Foundation. They love what we do, so the Trustees of the Foundation donated $60,000 to be given to us in equal installments over 4 years. In December Brian and Grace Charland, Trustees of the Foundation, presented Power of Flowers with the first check for $15,000.

In other angel news, Quota International of Andover awarded us a $300 grant, which POF will use to hold 2 Flower Therapy Workshops in Andover. The workshops will be held at the Punchard Senior Center and the Memorial Hall Library of Andover in the coming weeks. In addition to making seniors in the Andover area happy, this wonderful grant will help us to raise awareness of POF in the community and to attract new volunteers.

Donations come from so many sources: foundations, service organizations, as well as our constituency.

Photo by Rosemary B. IntingaroOur good friends, the angels at Brightview at Concord River, hosted a fundraising event, Trinkets to Treasures, for POF in November. Many people attended that fun evening and purchased donated jewelry and other treasures. Recently, the staff at Brightview presented us with a check for $771, which represented 100% of the sales during the event.

Also in December, POF received a Community Service Award from the Lowell World AIDS Day Committee. We sincerely appreciate their recognizing the work we do at POF and their joy at receiving our bouquets.

Other angels include POF Volunteers who rose to the occasion and made donations before the end of the year, which were matched by a very special anonymous angel. The Volunteer Contribution Matching Program will be the focus of another post and provide more details.

To all our angels: Raymond and Elaclaire Gosselin Charitable Foundation, Quota International of Andover, Brightview-Concord River, Lowell World AIDS Day Committee, and all Power of Flowers Volunteers, a heartfelt, sincere thanks. We are so very grateful for your generosity.

To quote Victor Hugo, ” You must be an angel since you care for flowers.? Photo by Rosemary B. Intingaro