During the last week of October, the Kent Lions prepare thousands of dozens of carnations for delivery during the club's annual carnation sale.
The sale is the club's biggest fundraiser and supports the club's various sight projects.
Taking orders is the easy part of the labor-intensive project. Members set up a workspace in the garage at the back of Richards Flower Shop in Kent.
A truck arrives loaded with carnations that need to be cut and placed into many heavy buckets of water and placed in the cooler.
Then, assisted by the Delta Gamma Sorority at Kent State University, the Lions spend days folding thousands of boxes and lining them with floral paper before the boxes are each filled with carnations and a packet of floral preservative donated by Smithers Oasis.
While some Lions are packing carnations, others set out sorting the many orders and route them for delivery to different areas throughout Portage County, Tallmadge, Stow, Mogadore, and Akron.
Then, the Lions members get their assigned routes and load their cars and vans and travel hundreds of miles delivering the carnations. Many Delta Gammas also assist the Lions in making deliveries.
Carnations will be delivered on Nov. 1 to businesses and some residences and on Nov. 2 to most area residences.
The Kent Lions appreciate the support of area businesses and individuals who order carnations from the Lions every year.
To order carnations, contact Tony DeLuke at 330-730-3117 or Fran Hardesty at 330-678-4012.
Delta Gamma Sorority Sisters packing carnations during last year's Kent Lions Carnation Week.