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March 14, 2008
Canada Blooms donates flowers to Toronto seniors
On Monday, March 17, Canada Blooms will donate 600 flowerpots to seniors living in Bendale Acres, one of the City’s Homes for the Aged, and in the community. Procter’s Cartage Ltd. will donate their trucking services to help deliver the flowerpots.

“Each year more than 100,000 visitors enjoy the beautiful gardens at Canada Blooms,” said Gerry Ginsberg, General Manager, Canada Blooms. “For the first time after the close of the five-day festival, we will donate Canada Blooms’ remaining plants and flowers to the City of Toronto. We are particularly pleased to share the flowering bulbs and annuals with seniors who may not have been able to attend the festival.”

Date: Monday, March 17
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Bendale Acres, Homes for the Aged, 2920 Lawrence Ave. E.

Residents from Bendale Acres will be invited to come down to the lobby for refreshments and to pick out a pot to take back to their rooms. To brighten the day of seniors in the community, staff will help deliver flowers to clients of the Scarborough Support Services Meals-on-Wheels Program, and to a number of other community clients served by the City’s Homemakers and Nurses Services Program, Adult Day Program and Supportive Housing Program.

“It’s been a long, cold winter with lots of snow and ice, which has isolated a number of seniors. They have found it hard to get out and about. This initiative will brighten the day for a lot of people and will help to remind them that spring is just around the corner,” said Sandra Pitters, General Manager of Homes for the Aged. “It was wonderful to have Canada Blooms think of Toronto’s seniors in this way.”

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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