Bloomington Kiwanis Club holding flower sale to send kids to camp

The sale offers a host of annuals, herbs, and vegetable garden plants. (Photo courtesy: Bloomington Kiwanis/Facebook)

By Blake Haas

BLOOMINGTON – As Mother’s Day weekend approaches, the Bloomington Kiwanis Club is holding their 12th annual flower sale fundraiser.

Cathy Oloffson, the co-chair of the flower sale committee, told WJBC’s Scott Miller the fundraiser helps send deserving children to Camp Limberlost at Timber Pointe on Lake Bloomington.

“Camp Limberlost is actually the oldest continuous project in all of Kiwanis international, so it’s somewhat renown throughout Kiwanis. It is a residential camp in non-COVID years. This year, it’s out at Timber Pointe outdoor center. It is provided free of charge to kiddos identified by educators throughout McLean County who really wouldn’t probably have the chance to go to camp otherwise.

“So we partner with educators in Unit 5 and District 87, and they help us identify the students who would really benefit from this experience the most.”

Oloffson said the organization hopes the flower sale would allow 60 children to attend the camp.

“Typically, the camp is an overnight experience, but again because of COVID and some of the uncertainties, we are doing a day camp this year, but we will be providing transportation to and from Timber Pointe outdoor center on a daily basis. Really it’s a chance for children to really enjoy the outdoors. If you’ve ever been out to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center, it’s a magical place on Lake Bloomington. Our campers get to swim, they get to hike, they get to ride horses, zip line, canoe, kayak, shoot arrows on the archery range. There’s just a little bit of everything for everybody at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center, and we are really proud to partner with them as well.”

LISTEN: Cathy Oloffson, Co-Chair of the Flower Sale Committee for the Bloomington Kiwanis club spoke with WJBC’s Scott Miller.

 

The Mother’s Day Flower sale is 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5 through Saturday, May 8, at the Shoppes at College Hills.

Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@Cumulus.com.

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