United Way is raising funds for roses

Organization seeks to deliver 100 dozen roses to homeless and sheltered mothers

NASHUA – Organizers with the United Way of Greater Nashua will deliver 100 dozen roses to local homeless and sheltered mothers to put smiles on their faces on Mother’s Day, May 12.

The nonprofit is partnering with UPS Inc. to deliver a dozen roses to mothers involved with seven area shelters, including Mary’s House, Anne Marie House, Marguerite’s Place Inc., Front Door Agency, Keystone Hall, Maple Street Shelter and the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter Inc.

United Way President Mike Apfelberg said there are times when mothers are forgotten on this holiday, so it is important to remember them.

For $20, someone can send a dozen roses to a homeless mom. Those interested can also purchase their own flowers.

All roses purchased outside the fundraiser can be picked up May 10 at United Way, located at 20 Broad St. No. 1. Flowers can be ordered online at, https://app.mobilecause.com/form/G2eilg?vid=mrti.

“It’s easy to dismiss that as just a nice, feel good kind of thing, but truly, it’s more than that,” Apfelberg said. “If you look at why a person is healthy, a lot of it also has to do with things like loneliness, sadness and emotional state of mind. This is why it’s important for us to take care of people at the holidays.”

Any surplus proceeds from this sale support the United Way Community Baby Shower, which gives low income mothers and fathers a solid start for raising the youngest community members. This will be the third year for the event, set for May 23 at Nashua Community College. There will also be a Baby Boutique to help these new parents grab some of the essential items needed to raise their new baby.

“We’ll have a wide variety of different agencies and resources available in the gymnasium at the community college,” Apfelberg said.

United Way officials look to their partner agencies to see which parents would be good fits for the program.

In the meantime, the nonprofit is taking up a big collection for the Baby Boutique to collect items these parents may otherwise not be able to afford.

In concluding the event, there will be a community supper so that all volunteers, families and folks exhibiting from the agencies can enjoy a meal together. Apfelberg said in the last few years, there have been 50 families in attendance.

For more information, go to http://www.unitedwaynashua.org/events/.