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Order early delivery for Valentine’s Day, and you’ll have March covered for free

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Mother Nature has no qualms with interrupting our plans.

Fingers crossed, weather won’t mess with Valentine’s Day. But it’s best to anticipate the worst and order early.

Besides, this year Feb. 14 falls on a Sunday, so you’ll have to order early if you want to send flowers to your loved one at his or her place of work.

And let’s face it: When the recipient’s colleagues gush over the flowers you sent, it makes you look pretty good, too.

If you need more incentive, we have it by the dozen: Orders delivered Feb. 8-12 will be accompanied by a coupon redeemable for one-dozen rose bouquet. The coupon is valid any time in March.

Food and book drives expanding to two weeks

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Each of our two primary charitable endeavors — the Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive and Bouquets for Books children’s book drive — will expand to two weeks beginning this year.

They have been one-week events until now.

“Even with the tremendous success of these efforts, we think the potential exists to generate even more community involvement,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Connells Maple Lee.

“People are busy, and it takes some effort to shop for food or books and drop them off at our stores. We want to make sure there’s enough time for them to do that, because the need certainly is great.”

This year, Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger will run from June 18 through July 2; Bouquets for Books will be Oct. 22 through Nov 5.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger benefits the Mid-Ohio Foodbank; Bouquets for Books donates books to Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

Kids club announces 2016 schedule of free events

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Connells Maple Lee Kids Club is returning with five free events in 2016, giving children ages 5 through 12 the opportunity to make floral projects and play an important role in our biggest charitable events.

Kids club events always take place on Saturdays in all of our stores, with time slots available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This year’s schedule and themes:

Jan. 23: Valentine’s Day

March 12: St. Patrick’s Day

June 18: Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive

Aug. 20: Back to school

Oct. 29: Bouquets for Books children’s book drive/Halloween

The best way to stay connected with kids club activities is to become a registered member. It’s free and takes only a few minutes to complete the process.

You can start by clicking here.

We look forward to another fun, fulfilling year of activities!

Kids club’s 2016 schedule begins Jan. 23 with free Valentine’s Day event

Kids Club January 2017

We’re asking participants to put their hearts into our free Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event on Jan. 23.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create a Valentine’s Day arrangement. Participants also will receive a free balloon.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 2408 E. Main St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

This is the first of five kids clubs events planned in 2016.

‘Fire and Ice’ chosen as winning entry in Connells Maple Lee name-the-arrangement contest

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“Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice,” wrote the poet Robert Frost.

Connells Maple Lee’s name-the-arrangement contest ended in “Fire and Ice.”

That is the winning name, submitted in separate entries by Rita Beck of Columbus and by Linda Sivinski of Powell. Each of them will receive one of the arrangements after it debuts on Dec. 5.

The arrangement, which will be offered year-round, comes in a clear glass cube. It features three types of greens; red flowers comprising one-dozen roses, alstroemeria and hypericum; and white flowers comprising hydrangea, veronica and stock.

The contest generated 71 entries in all.

 

‘Bouquets for Books’ collects 80 new children’s titles for Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library

Thanks to the community’s generosity, our 2015 children’s book drive – “Bouquets for Books” – collected 80 new titles for Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

Anyone who donated a new children’s book during the event, which ran Oct 31-Nov. 7, was eligible to receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit.

Connells Maple Lee to honor active military and veterans by collecting ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ Nov. 11-25 in all stores

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Connells Maple Lee will collect cards and coloring pages for active military and veterans in each of its stores Nov. 11-25 as part of the American Red Cross’ “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program.

Collected cards and coloring pages will be handed over to the Red Cross, whose volunteers will organize them for delivery.

Cards may be dropped off at any of Connells Maple Lee’s three Columbus-area locations during normal business hours. Free coloring pages are available at the stores or can be downloaded here:

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The Red Cross offers these guidelines for preparing cards:

  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member” as cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
    Include messages of support and thanks.
  • Sign your name to them.
  • Don’t include letters or other personal information (photos, addresses).
  • Refrain from choosing cards with glitter.

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Connells Maple Lee saluting military veterans with free red, white and blue bouquets on Nov. 11

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Connells Maple Lee will salute military veterans with free red, white and blue bouquets on Nov. 11.

Any veteran who stops by one of our three Columbus-area stores on Veterans Day will receive a bouquet.

“The men and women who have served in our military protected our freedoms every day, often in far-off places and always at great personal sacrifice,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of Connells Maple Lee.

“This is our small way of recognizing and honoring their selfless service to our country.”

Click here for store locations and hours.

We made it, and now we need your help to give it a name

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We’ve developed a new European-style arrangement, but we need help naming it.

This is where you come in, by entering our name-the-arrangement contest. A lucky winner will receive one of the arrangements as his or her prize.

The arrangement, which will be offered year-round, comes in a clear glass cube. It features three types of greens; red flowers comprising one-dozen roses, alstroemeria and hypericum; and white flowers comprising hydrangea, veronica and stock.

To enter the contest, click here.

The deadline to enter is Oct. 20; limit one entry daily per email address.

Kids club event Oct. 31 helps kick off book drive for public libraries

It’s boos and bouquets Oct. 31 when Connells Maple Lee kicks off its annual children’s book drive with a kids club event.

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Children ages 5 to 12 are asked to bring a new children’s book as the price of admission. Participants will make a fall arrangement (photo) and will receive a balloon.

Because the event coincides with Halloween, participants are encouraged to wear their trick-or-treat costumes.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 2408 E. Main St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

The “Bouquets for Books” book drive benefits Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.