WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Happy Mother’s Day! Businesses around the Valley have been busy selling special gifts to help celebrate mothers, and what’s a better gift than flowers?
The National Retail Federation estimates that shoppers will spend a record amount of money on gifts this year — around $23 billion. The federation says that in addition to flowers, most of that Mother’s Day gift money will be spent on cards, jewelry and food.
For those looking for a last minute gift, Northeast Ohio Adoption Services will be out all day until 6 p.m. selling flowers at a range of prices.
Hanging flowers, planters, baskets and even single flowers can be found ranging from $3 to $75, with all proceeds benefiting Northeast Ohio Adoption Services.
The adoption agency’s executive director, Cheryl Tarantino, says that despite what people say about the costs of adoption agencies, Northeast Ohio Adoption Services is completely free for parents wishing to go through the process. This flower fundraiser has been held for the past 30 years to help the adoption agency pay for everything that goes into adopting children.
“We don’t want any barriers to be in the way for kids to get a home, so [we] rely on fundraisers a lot to cover the costs,” Tarantino said.
Erin Gabrovsek is celebrating her second Mother’s Day with her adopted son, Michael, who she adopted two years ago.
“I can’t even remember life before him,” she said.
Gabrovsek used Northeast Ohio Adoption Services to adopt Michael and said she had a great experience.
“They’re not just going to place a child just because they have space available, they actually take the time to recommend what child’s personality will be successful for your family,” she said.
So far, this year’s flower fundraiser has helped raise more than $13,000 for the adoption agency.
The sale is located at 8740 E. Market Street in Warren, in front of Salvatore’s Italian Grill.