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Carnation fundraiser for Right To Life organization

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TEAM EFFORT: From left are Helen Goble and Tracey Dinius trimming carnations.
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TRIMMING FLOWERS: Huntington RTL volunteers Sandra Fryer, left, Mary Burke (center) and Dawn Frecker cut the stems off carnations Tuesday at the RTL office.
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COLOR: From left are Huntington County Right To Life Vice President Don Patton and volunteer Ken Hippensteel arranging flowers for the annual carnation sale.

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Long stemmed carnations, corsages and vases will be sold this weekend in Huntington to benefit Huntington County Right to Life.

The organization will hold its 40th annual Mother’s Day carnation sale May 11 to 13.

Volunteers worked Tuesday and Thursday at the RTL office trimming the carnations.

The 3,500 carnations came from Huntington Nursery and Florist. Colors include white, pink, purple, orange, red and white.

Long stemmed carnations, corsages and vases will be sold from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the RTL office, 34 E. Washington St., and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, also at the RTL office.

Long stemmed carnations and vases will be sold on Saturday at The Trading Post, Family Dollar and Johnson’s School of Dance on N. Jefferson Street.

Long stemmed carnations and corsages will also be sold on Saturday and Sunday during mass at St. Joseph, St. Mary and Saint Peter and Paul Catholic churches.

Carnations will be made available Friday for children at Huntington Catholic Middle Building and Huntington Catholic Primary Building.

Flowers are $1 each for long stemmed carnations, $3 and up for corsages. Vases start at $4.

Volunteer Helen Goble, in her fourth year of assisting with the efforts, said those who purchase the flowers believe in the importance of helping children and life in general.

She has three children and 10 grandchildren.

Her child was born prematurely and died at birth. She said she supports Right To Life and bringing babies to full term.

“When I lost my child someone gave me a plaque that said ‘God Is The Beginning and God Is The End, But Most Of All God Is Love,’” Goble said.

Like Goble, volunteer Sandra Fryer also lost a child.

Her son, Michael Kline, was killed at age 40 on March 6, 2018, by gunfire. This is Fryer’s first year volunteering with the sale.

“You never know when death is going to come and you want to make sure you have done everything with that person, otherwise you feel a big loss of life,” Fryer said.

She said her great-grandpa ran a greenhouse on Jefferson Street in Huntington. She used the scissors from his business to cut the flower stems Tuesday.

Corsages, vases and large quantities can be ordered in advance by calling the RTL office at 260-356-5933. Office hours are weekdays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.