Giving Back Through Wreaths For Hope

By Jayna Smith

Pictured left to right are Artie Mingo, Patty Reynolds, Rona Robb, Joyce Dunphy, Donna Redding, and Donna Mingo displaying some Wreaths for Hope. (Submitted photo).

An important cause to many, Wreaths for Hope is an organization raising money to support funding for cancer research.  It is doing so through its sales of balsam wreaths  and was established through Artie Mingo and his family's Mingo Evergreen Products.  

Joyce Dunphy and Rona Robb are both undergoing treatment for the disease, and last Friday, along with some friends and family, they assisted with placing the bows on the Maine balsam awareness ribbon wreaths.  This project, Dunphy said, is very close to her heart.

Twenty percent of each of the $19.95 wreaths sold goes to support Maine Cancer Foundation's mission of providing funds for cancer research, prevention, early detection, and access to care programs in Maine.  Even more, an additional ten percent benefits local transportation initiatives to ensure local people can receive necessary care.  

"We wanted to pay it forward," Dunphy stated of her visit to volunteer.  "We had so many people in our community help Rona and me out since (cancer) hit us and now Artie is doing this on top of it."  More information about the wreath project as well as ordering information can be found at www.wreathsforhope.org.