Wake Up and Smell the Flowers

Kerri Osborne is a Regional Vice President at Jumpstart

September is one of my favorite months of the year for many reasons. The weather in New York is just perfect, it’s national literacy month, I slowly start to make the transition from iced coffee to hot, my kids are back in school and reunited with their friends, a new school year begins for Jumpstart kids and Corps members, and for my sanity, September marks the return of schedules and organized chaos in my house.

And on top of all that, September also kicks off one of my favorite fundraising events with Winston Flowers. Winston Flowers’ Charity in Bloom program is a great example of an amazing company giving back to local communities and partnering charities that they are passionate about. For the third year in a row, Jumpstart is honored to be the selected charity for September.

This month, if you purchase the Jumpstart bouquet, 20% of all proceeds will be donated back to Jumpstart, helping us prepare more children for kindergarten, in more areas, across the country. (Pictured: the Jumpstart bouquet- A beautiful combination of soft lavender and pink roses with mojito hydrangea accents.)

“I started Charities in Bloom because of all the great organizations in Winston Flowers communities who have supported our business. When I was determining who to highlight each month, I chose organizations that I felt had a passion for what they do. When I met the Jumpstart staff, I was captivated by the passion and energy that they had for their mission, students, and community. I knew I had to work with them.” – Ted Winston, Owner, Winston Flowers

While we never really need a reason to send someone flowers, here are a few ideas to get you going!

·Birthdays – Check your calendars and make sure that no one is missed. And don’t forget those October birthdays; has anyone ever regretted celebrating early?

·Anniversaries – September is a big month for weddings! Do you know someone who’s tying the knot or celebrating a wedding anniversary?

·Baby Gifts – Nothing welcomes a new baby home like a fresh bouquet of flowers to celebrate the start of a new life and addition to a family.

·No Occasion at all – A gift for no reason is simply the best gift of all.

Thank you to all of our truly incredible supporters, Corps members, Jumpstart children, and staff that make September a month that I will always look forward to…and thank you to those who will brighten up someone’s day with a beautiful bouquet from Winston Flowers, benefitting Jumpstart.

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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