Volunteers with the Living at Home/Block Nurse Program spent Monday morning pruning roses in the basement of the United Church of Christ Church in Granite Falls. The roses are part of the Friendship Rose fundraiser sponsored by Living At Home, a major fundraising event. Community members purchase the roses for friends and loved ones as a way of showing their appreciation for them.
According to Program Director Mary Ims, LAH/BNP volunteers have sold over 1,000 roses, which she says is pretty normal for the fundraiser. Each rose costs $5, and the profits go directly back to support Living at Home/Block Nurse Program. The roses were provided by Granite Floral in downtown Granite Falls. She also said that this is the first year the roses were delivered in below freezing temperatures.
In recent years, the Friendship Rose fundraiser has experienced substantial growth. In 2004, during the first year of the fundraiser, Living at Home only sold 358 roses. Since then, the fundraiser has become a well-known event in the community.