For the last three years, Creston CWC has sponsored 20 flower baskets on Adams Street during the summer. The baskets are up from Memorial Day weekend to Balloon Days when possible. CWC is a tax exempt charitable organization, or 501(c)(3), whose mission is to beautify Creston.
Melissa Driskell of CWC said the flower baskets were chosen as the first project because it was something people would notice and appreciate. However, the work of hanging the baskets and watering the flowers is hired out.
This year, the CWC voted to fund other projects instead. However, its members knew that residents have enjoyed the flowers and didn’t want to let it go.
After the baskets had been hung for a couple of years, individuals began asking if they could help. Driskell said CWC collected more than $600 in private donations – kept in a separate fund over the last two years – so that if the flower basket project was not chosen by the group, it could still go on.
Almost all of the baskets have been sponsored for this year, but the group is still accepting donations. Driskell said once this year’s project is fully funded, any extra money will be used to expand the project or be set aside for future years.
Sponsoring a basket for the entire season is $358, which pays for the basket, hanging, and watering it. Driskell said smaller donations are appreciated as well.
CWC has chosen several projects to fund this year. The group has purchased iPads and Square card readers for the Union County Fair concessions booth to use and has donated to Creston’s Fourth of July fireworks.
The group also helped underwrite the Gibson Memorial Library St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage fundraiser dinner.
For the first time, CWC is sponsoring 15 girls for Girls on the Run, a program that promotes lifelong fitness and confidence in young girls through interactive lessons and running.
At the end of the program, the girls and their coaches come together to run a 5K, which serves as a celebration of the confidence and character the girls have been developing, as well as a tangible goal they can achieve.