An annual flower sale held by Upper Arlington firefighters to support scholarship and charity initiatives will return for its 10th year next week.
Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1521 will set up in the Kingsdale Center parking lot May 10-12 for their annual flower sale.
The event boosts interactions between local firefighters and the community, while also benefiting local and regional charities, including the Ohio State University Burn Center, the March of Dimes Foundation, cystic fibrosis and ovarian cancer research, Honor Flight and a scholarship fund to provide college assistance to UA firefighters' children.
"The flower sale has been a longstanding tradition in Upper Arlington," firefighter/paramedic Blake Barnhart said. "It began more than a decade ago as a mulch sale.
"Now, the mulch sale has transformed into the annual flower sale, which has given us the same opportunity to give back to the community."
The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the northwest corner of the Kingsdale Center parking lot, near the Five Points intersection.
The flower sale is one of several fundraisers IAFF 1521 participates in each year to support charities and scholarship funds.
In recent years, the group's "Fill the Boot" campaign at the Five Points intersection over Labor Day weekend has raised as much as $7,000 to support the March of Dimes.
"The revenue we generate from the flower sale helps us to support the International Association of Firefighters Foundation, OSU cancer research, the Upper Arlington Community Foundation, MDA and Upper Arlington High School scholarships," Barnhart said.
"It also helps us be involved in the community and supports projects for the fire department, such as the restoration of Engine 1."