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Fwd: "Seeds of Hope" Tsunami Relief Effort to Restore Green Life

Just thought you might be interested in our small Mississippi River
town's effort to help the tsunami victims...and that it is focused on
Begin forwarded message:
> Subject: "Seeds of Hope"  Tsunami Relief Effort to Restore Green Life
> Adams/Brown Master Gardeners,
> Here is a great opportunity to volunteer in a community effort to help
> others.  The Master Gardeners are a cosponsor of this event so please
> help out where ever you can.  What they would like from the Master
> Gardeners:  They need 8 people to work at the mall on Saturday the
> 22nd to sell carnations.  The selling consists of two shifts 11:00am
> to 1:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Also they have asked us to donate
> baked goods to the bake sale.    Take the baked goods to the front
> desk of the City Hall.
> Call Anne St. John 223-0055 or Melissa Holden 228-4515 to let them
> know what you can do to help.
> Thank you,  Carrie
> lSeeds of Hope: A Tsunami Relief Effort to Restore Green Lifen
> City-Wide Fundraiser for Tsunami Victims
> As many of us remember, the aftermath of the Flood of m93 had far
> reaching ramifications for area farmers. Topsoil was washed away and
> much of the farmland left behind was damaged by the receding waters.
> It took intense and hugely expensive efforts to prepare the soil for
> planting and make it usable once more. The area hit by the tsunami
> faces a much harsher challenge in that much of the agricultural area
> has been poisoned with seawater. The coastal villagers of southeast
> Asia will have little or no ability to grow crops for some time to
> come and will be facing an on-going  food crisis. International aid
> officials estimate they will be providing food to as many as 2 million
> survivors each day for the next six months.
> With that in mind, the Seeds of Hope Committee has gathered the
> support of the City of Quincy and partnered with the Quincy
> Beautification Group, the University of Illinois Adams/Brown Extension
> Master Gardeners, the Herb Guild, the Quincy Florist Association, the
> Quincy Restaurant Association and several student groups to sponsor a
> community fundraiser to aid the victims of the tsunami in Indonesia.
> Proceeds from the event will be directed to the restoration of
> self-sufficient agricultural production.
> Beginning at the City Council meeting on January 18, carnations will
> be available for sale to the public for $2. Flowers will then be
> available at these locations on a cash and carry basis
> City Hall will also kick off the event with a Community Bake Sale
> beginning that evening. The Herb Guild, U of I Extension - Adams/Brown
> Master Gardeners, Underbrinks Bakery, County Market Bakery, HyVee
> Bakery and City Hall employees will contribute baked goods. The Bake
> Sale will continue all day on Wednesday, January 19th,  at City Hall.
> Volunteers will also bring bake sale baskets to various businesses for
> those who are not able to take a break from their busy schedules.  If
> you would like to make sure the Bake Sale Wagon comes to your place of
> business, please call Melissa Holden at 228-4515 during business hours
> on Tuesday, January 18. The carnations will be also available for
> purchase at City Hall all day.
> Flowers will then be available for sale at participating restaurants
> on Friday evening from 5-7pm.  Members of the Q-City Pommers and the
> Master Gardeners will be on hand at the following restaurants:
> To wrap up the weeksm activities, a flower sale blitz will take place
> at the Quincy Mall on Saturday from 11:00 to 3:00.
> All proceeds from the Seeds of Hope Tsunami Relief Effort will go
> directly to the international agency spearheading the restoration of
> agricultural lands. We thank you in advance for your contribution to
> this worthwhile endeavor.
> For more information, contact Anne St. John 223-0055 or Melissa Holden
> 228-4515.
> _________________________________________
> Carrie Edgar, Unit Leader
> University of Illinois Extension - Adams/Brown Unit
> 330 S. 36th St.   Quincy, IL 62301
> 217-223-8380    217-223-8368 (fax)
> cedgar@uiuc.edu
> www.extension.uiuc.edu

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