Spread kindness this Sweetest Day by donating 10 single-stem carnations to Plainwell Flowers' Kindness Campaign. All donated flowers will be delivered to local nursing homes to brighten the day of their residents on October 19, 2019. And don't forget something for your sweetie, too! (Select in-store pick-up when checking out to bypass delivery options.)
Sweetest Day is a holiday the Midwest can proudly claim as its own. Originating in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922, philanthropist and candy company employee Herbert Birch Kingston wanted to bring happiness to orphans and shut-ins. With help from family and friends, he distributed candy and small gifts to the underprivileged. Word of his efforts soon spread and actresses Ann Pennington and Theda Bara pitched in sending over 10,000 boxes of candy to hospitals and to young newspaper boys for their service to the public.
Sweetest Day is primarily celebrated in the Great Lakes region. Over the years the holiday has evolved into a way to express romantic love and appreciation for friends.