Poinsettia plant sale in support of food bank

Wednesday, December 04, 2013   by: Mark Pare

Brandon Alberts of Burrows Country Store & Garden Centre shows off some
of the pointsettia's available.

Burrows Country Store & Garden Centre and U Need a Cab are teaming up again to help the North Bay Food Bank with the eighth-annual poinsettia plant sale.

John Strang of U Need a Cab says you can buy the plants for your staff members, business associates, clients, and friends.  Or even to decorate your own office or home.

“They’re absolutely beautiful plants,” he said, “And what a great way to give back to the community and give to the food bank."

Plants are available in four sizes and start at $12 for a six-inch plant and go up to $55.00 for a poinsettia tree. Prices include taxes and delivery.  There are eight and 10-inch sizes available, too.

Strang says Bob Hudson and his team at Burrows work tirelessly doing the ordering, as well as bringing the plants in.

“Without Burrows and Bob and his team,” he says, “We wouldn’t be able to make this happen.  It’s just a really generous group of people and what a generous company in North Bay.”

Hudson says it’s a great partnership between the two companies and while you can buy these plants cheaper in town, that’s not the point.

"The point is we’re trying to do a fundraiser for the food bank and it’s just been wonderful,” he said, “(U Need a Cab’s) just been so good helping us do this and the food bank’s just been benefitting greatly from this so we’re hoping to power out a ton more poinsettias this season.”

Hudson says the community took some big hits over this past year, but is hoping people get into the festive mood.

He says they hope to match or exceed last year's totals.

Strang says the promotion raises in the area of about $5,000 every year, but wouldn’t say they set a specific goal, adding that every dollar that they can raise for the food bank goes a long way.

Orders can be placed through either company at 497-7777 (U Need a Cab) or at 472-2800 for Burrows Country Store.

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