Clayton County Meals on Wheels supporters hoping everything comes up roses for Mother’s Day fundraiser

Aging Advisory Board of Clayton County’s annual ‘Roses for Moms’ fundraiser underway

JONESBORO — Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet to a mother?

The more appropriate question might focus on whether the fruits of selling anything other than roses would taste as sweet to Clayton County senior citizens.

The Aging Advisory Board of Clayton County isn’t going to test the water and try selling anything other than the real deal for Mother’s Day this year. The group’s members are in the midst of their annual “Roses For Mom” fundraiser for the county’s Meals on Wheels Program.

Residents can buy a dozen long-stemmed roses for their mothers for $20.

“What we do with this money that we raise is we try our best to keep people off the waiting lists for the home-delivered meals for Meals on Wheels,” said Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt, an advisory board member. “There are so many people that deserve to have a right to eat and there’s so many of them [for whom] the delivery person is the only outside person they see and for these people who deliver these meals, it makes their day.”

Although advisory board members are in the middle of their big push to sell roses, there is a little amount of time left for residents to make their purchases. The cutoff deadline to place an order and pay by cash or check is 12 p.m. May 2.

Oswalt, who made his big pitch during last week’s county commission meeting, told residents and officials in attendance that buying roses from the advisory board was a win-win for residents and Meals on Wheels recipients. He explained the flowers come at a lower cost than what is likely to be seen at area grocery stores, and the proceeds help senior citizens.

“Now you can go to Kroger and pay $39 a dozen if you want to but it will all go to Kroger,” Oswalt said. “The money you spend on these roses, it will all go back to donating those meals on wheels for somebody in need.”

Residents can place an order of roses by calling Trudy Smith at 404-366-0776. The flowers will be available for pick-up May 11.