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BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | January 14, 2013

Staff and volunteers from the Niagara Hospice Alliance are gearing up for the 2013 Spring Bouquet Sale. The sale will run March 4 through March 10, with pre-sale bouquets being ordered now and throughout the month of February.

In 2012 the sale raised more than $15,000 to support hospice care in Niagara County. Many local businesses, schools, service groups and churches have offered to help by pre-selling or by agreeing to sell bouquets during the week of March 4 to 10, at their location. Bouquets sell for $8 each with an option to donate bouquets to Niagara Hospice patients and Niagara County veterans if you wish.

“We look forward to the Spring Bouquet Sale each year and appreciate all the help we receive from the community,” said Niagara Hospice Alliance event coordinator Mandy Raff. “It takes many hands and volunteers to make this a fund-raising success that is so needed to help offset costs of providing the special kind of care that Niagara Hospice has become known for.”

Proceeds from the sale help support the mission of Niagara Hospice to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Raff stated that more help from the community is needed and encourages anyone who wants to participate to call the Events Department at 280-0766 or visit www.NiagaraHospice.org for more information.

No one is denied hospice care due to ability to pay. The Niagara Hospice Alliance raises funds to help offset costs for individuals who are under or uninsured. Gifts are tax-deductible and help provide quality end-of-life care with dignity to Niagara County residents in need.

Niagara Hospice volunteers Mary Rickert and June Koepke sell bouquets at last year’s Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale.

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