New Growth Designs product donation raises Japan relief funds

GREENVILLE, N.C. — New Growth Designs donated product that was auctioned off at an event to raise funds to aid those affected by the devastating earthquake, tsunami and corresponding nuclear plant disaster in Japan earlier this year.

 Japan, New Growth DesignsNew Growth Designs donated 100 Lenton Rose arrangements to aid relief efforts in Japan.

New Growth Designs' management and employees created 100 Lenton Rose Hellebores permanent botanical arrangements that were shipped to Puff Corporation in Japan. Puff arranged to donate the 100 arrangements to the "Remember Kobe and Higashi-Nihon" event, held on July 28, to raise funds for the relief efforts.

Dr. Ryoko Dozono, who chaired the event, said the funds raised from the New Growth Designs donation were used to purchase a micro-bus needed for transporting individuals lacking personal transportation for critical medical appointments. The organization that coordinated the event focuses on using resources in a way that allows face-to-face direct contact with victims, according to a press release from New Growth Designs.

"We have a long friendship with the people of Japan and a special relationship with Puff who has successfully retailed our products for many years," said Ed Glenn, president of New Growth Designs. "When we saw the devastation and heartache in Japan during the disaster, we felt compelled to help."

"We specifically selected the Lenton Rose plant for several reasons," he continued. "The traditional blue and white porcelain container is popular in Japan. Also, the Lenton Rose plant dates back to the 1400 BCE and has a rich history. It is often called the ‘Christmas Rose,' springing from a legend that it sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child Bethlehem."

The Lenton Rose arrangement in the blue and white container is in the New Growth Designs line. New Growth Designs will be showing at the upcoming Oct. High Point Market at 200 N. Hamilton, North Court 337.

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