Crofton Residents Say “Thank You” to Veterans with Flowers

Crofton Village Garden Club has its own unique way of saying “Thank You” to men and women who serve our country.

Veterans DayWe have a workshop each year, in lieu of a monthly speaker at our November meeting, to create 120 red, white and blue flower arrangements for the Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center in nearby Baltimore.

Prior to the meeting,

  • Honey Boudman cut squares of foil to cover tuna cans collected by club members.
  • Shirley Levendoski and Bernie Robertson cut two huge bags full of boxwood clippings to provide greenery for the arrangements, and then stuffed the 120 cans with oasis.
  • Carole Hampton dampened the oasis and delivered the cans to Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church Annex for the workshop.
  • Bernie Robertson made red, white and blue bows for each arrangement.
  • Harriet Kitchen made small flags that read “Thank You from the Crofton Village Garden Club”.

About 40 club members participated in the workshop, arranging red and white mini-carnations with the boxwood in each can, adding the bow and “thank you” flag, and then finishing it off with silver foil around the container.

Later in the day, Sunny Frank and Bernie Robertson personally delivered the arrangements, placing one on each patient’s bedside tray.  They said it was very heart-warming to see the smiles these small tokens put on so many faces, but humbling at the same time.  Spending a morning with friends making these arrangements hardly seemed like an adequate thank you for young people who have given so much.

The Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center, located on Loch Raven Boulevard in Baltimore, has 120 in-patient beds and operates now at full capacity.  The center also provides medical treatment and rehabilitation on an outpatient basis.

Crofton Village Garden Club Veterans Day Workshop

Photos By Sunny Frank and Sally Moore.

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