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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

By Kari Seefeldt, Oshkosh Southwest Rotary

Poinsettias lift up spirits and bring a splash of festivite red and green to homes in Oshkosh and across the country during the holidays. If people are lucky, they are still enjoying them in February. At least that’s what the foundation Carrie’s Cause is hoping for.

Carrie’s Cause was founded in Colorado in the fall of 2013 by Todd Maul to continue the legacy of Carrie Maul, his wife and an Oshkosh native who passed away in March of that year. Since 2009, Carrie and her family had been delivering poinsettias to various nursing homes at Christmastime and went door-to-door visiting each resident.

“The real purpose of the plant was to faciliate a meaningful interaction that would warm the spirits of both the receiver and the giver. This was something very important to Carrie and so when she passed, Todd and his sons knew that they needed to continue the great work she had started,” said Stacey Wells, Carrie’s Cause.

Today Carrie’s Cause has made its way to 18 facilities in 4 states including Wisconsin with Oshkosh leading the way. John Hobbins, former Pastor at First United Methodist Church and Oshkosh Southwest Rotarian has truly embodied the spirit and passion of the cause. With John’s help, this year in Oshkosh alone, Oshkosh North High School, Oshkosh West High School, and Lourdes Rotary Interact clubs, along with church youth groups from First United Methodist Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church delivered almost 600 poinsettias. They made stops at Bethel Lutheran Homes, Evergreen, Park View, and Heritage Court.

“It is hard to find words to express the joy a resident has upon receiving a visit and a poinsettia from a huddle of young angels full of giggles and good cheer. Every year the kids who particpated the year before ask me, “are we going to give away poinsettias again?” It is an event people look forward to, both young and old. A motto to live by: “Be a gift to the world.” Carrie’s Cause brings that motto alive in the season of Christmas every year,” said Hobbins.

In 2009, when Carrie started delivering poinsettias, she went to one nursing home and delivered 75 plants. Fast forward to 2016, 2520 poinsettias were delivered, the best year yet. However, the poinsettia itself really symbolizes a deeper meaning when it comes to caring, loving, and nurturing.

“People often throw out their Christmas poinsettia when the decorations come down. What many people don’t realize is that with some of that care, love, and nuturing, poinsettias will live for many years. They will bloom again and again. In fact, Todd still has two healthy poinsettias that Carrie kept,” said Wells.

If you want to help make a difference and spread happiness and cheer to the elderly during the holidays, visit CarriesCause.org. You can learn more about donating to the cause, volunteering and sponsoring a nursing home.

Carrie’s Cause is a 501(c)3 non-profit and recognized by the IRS and any donations are tax deductible.

Oshkosh Rotary Southwest is a service organization that meets every Wednesday for lunch at Robbins restaurant in Oshkosh. The club’s 110 members raise and donate almost $150,000 annually for local, national and international causes, and they have a lot of fun doing it!

Contact

Public Relations Committee
Oshkosh Rotary Southwest
P.O. Box 1202
Oshkosh, WI 54903-1202
Email: info@oshkoshrotarysouthwest.org
Web: www.OshkoshRotarySouthwest.org

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