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Connells Maple Lee collecting cards and coloring pages Nov. 11-Dec. 4 for area military veterans

Connells Maple Lee will collect cards and coloring pages for area military veterans Nov. 11-Dec. 4 as part of the American Red Cross “Holidays for Heroes” program.

Cards may be dropped off at any one of Connells Maple Lee’s three area stores: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

Free coloring pages are available at the stores or can be downloaded here:

Christmas Tree

Santa

Ornament

Reindeer

Dreidel

Meanwhile, the Red Cross offers these guidelines for preparing cards:

  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Veteran” 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.

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club saluting veterans with Nov. 10 event

Red, white, blue and you!

For its final kids club event of 2018, the Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts Kids Club is honoring the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a patriotic arrangement, featuring red and blue carnations and an American flag.

As the price of admission, participants are asked to bring a new children’s book for Bouquets for Books, Connells Maple Lee’s annual book drive to benefit area public libraries.

Participants also will receive a balloon and may decorate a coloring page for Connells Maple Lee’s annual Holidays for Heroes event, which honors veterans and active military members.

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

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

 

 

2018 Bouquets for Books library wish lists

Our annual children’s book drive, Bouquets for Books, returns Oct. 28-Nov. 10 to benefit Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

The libraries have provided these wish lists:

BEXLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

The greatest need is books for first- through fourth-grade reading levels.

DELAWARE COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY

Young Adult:
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Life L1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
The Belles by Dhonnielle Clayton
Long Way Down or anything by Jason Reynolds
March Series by John Robert Lewis

Juvenile:
Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Rhythm Ride: Road Trip Through the Motown Sound
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Patina or anything by Jason Reynolds
Dog Man Series by Dav Pilkey
Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Owl Dairies Series by Rebecca Elliot
Who Was Series by various authors
Princess in Black Series by Shannon and Dean Hale

Picture Books:
Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Noodleheads see the Future by Tedd Arnold
Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
The Wonkey Donkey by Craig Smith
Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer
We Don’t Eat our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Connells Maple Lee collecting new children’s books Oct. 28-Nov. 10 to benefit area public libraries

Give a new book, get a fresh bouquet.

That’s the simple proposition behind Connells Maple Lee Flowers and Gifts’ annual children’s book drive, which this year runs Oct. 28-Nov. 10.

The book drive benefits Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

For each new book, donors will receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit, while supplies last. Used books will not be accepted.

For library wish lists, please click here.

Connells Maple Lee (cmlflowers.com) has stores at 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

 

 

CONNELLS MAPLE LEE KIDS CLUB GETS BACK TO BUSINESS WITH FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT AUG. 25

Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts will celebrate the start of a new school year with a free Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event on Aug. 25.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an arrangement featuring yellow and lavender daisy pompons, leatherleaf fern and a back-to-school stick-in. Each participant also will receive a balloon.

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

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

SEVENTH-GRADER HARBIN WINS CONNELLS MAPLE LEE KIDS CLUB BIRTHDAY CARD DESIGN CONTEST

Danica Harbin likes horseback riding, swimming and reading. She also plays violin and sings in the school choir.

“She’s not afraid to try things,” said her mother, Jeannette Harbin of Grove City.

That can-do spirit helps explain why Danica entered this year’s Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts Kids Club birthday card contest.

“I just wanted to see if I could draw, really,” Danica said.

In fact, the seventh-grader submitted the winning entry. Her design will be featured on the electronic card that kids club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year.

Danica’s prize is a free flower delivery on her next birthday.

The kids club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club at any Connells Maple Lee store or online at cmlflowers.com/kidsclub. Membership benefits include a membership card, website activities, an e-mail newsletter, contests and in-store events.

CONNELLS MAPLE LEE STEMS HUNGER COLLECTS 120 POUNDS OF NONPERISHABLE FOOD FOR NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES FOOD PANTRY

Pansy Geiger, designer in Bexley, with her store’s Stems Hunger display.
Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive collected 120 pounds of nonperishable items for the Neighborhood Services Inc. Food Pantry in Columbus.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger took place June 16-30. Besides Connells Maple Lee’s three Columbus-area stores, the food drop-off locations included Drayer Physical Therapy Institute’s outpatient centers in Grove City and Hilliard.

Donors received a free carnation for each nonperishable food item they contributed.

In its seven-year history, the food drive has collected more than 1,100 pounds for area food banks.

OUR STORES ARE ACCEPTING NONPERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS THROUGH JUNE 30

Amid the flowers, plants and gifts in our stores, this time of year you’ll also find a selection of food.

That’s because we’re in the midst of our annual Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive to benefit the Neighborhood Services Inc. food pantry in Columbus.

From June 16-30, we’re collecting nonperishable food in each of our stores. For each item you donate, we’ll give you a free carnation, up to six per visit.

Please consider donating at our stores in Bexley, Grove City or Powell.

SNAPSHOT FROM OUR JUNE 16 CONNELLS KIDS CLUB EVENT; SEE YOU AGAIN ON AUG. 25

A big thanks to everyone who joined us for the June 16 Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event.

Not only was it a fun time, but it also helped us kick off our annual food drive, Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger, which runs through June 30.

We wish you a happy, safe summer and look forward to getting the gang back together for two more events this year: Aug. 25, when the theme will be fall, and Nov. 10, when we focus on our Bouquets for Books children’s book drive and our Holidays for Heroes card and coloring page drive for active and retired military members.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t officially joined the kids club, or if you have a friend or family member who might be interested, please click here for complete details.

STEMS HUNGER, OUR ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE, RETURNS JUNE 16-30

Our annual food drive – Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger – returns June 16-30.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger will benefit the nonprofit Neighborhood Services Inc., which operates the Choice Food Pantry at 1950 N. 4th St., Suite J, Columbus.

For the food drive, donors will receive a free carnation for each nonperishable food item they contribute (limit six per visit).

Donations may be dropped off during regular business hours at one of Connells Maple Lee’s stores: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

Meanwhile, the Connells Maple Lee Kids Club is helping to kick off the food drive June 16 with an event in each store. Participants are asked to bring a food item as the price of admission.