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Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation Launches Bouquets of Hope Campaign for Thanksgiving
"This is our fifth year being able to offer these bouquets," said Jennifer Secor, Stewart Marchman-Act Foundation Executive Director. "The beautiful arrangement, full of fall colors, can brighten a room and lift someone's spirits, all while helping us spread the message of hope for individuals and their families who live daily with the challenges of mental illness."
Businesses are encouraged to consider the bouquets as gifts for clients, employees or partners, showing recipients they support the community and mental health awareness efforts. Businesses that make a bouquet purchase will be recognized on SMA's website and social media for their generosity and desire to help those we serve remain safe and healthy.
The Foundation partners each year with local business Flamingo Florist in Holly Hill. Thanks to work of the staff at Flamingo, and the volunteers who handle the deliveries, nearly half of every bouquet sold goes to the Jay's Hope Fund. These funds are then used toward awareness and education during the month of May, Mental Health Awareness Month. Examples are the website www.whoisjay.org, which offers information on local and national resources, and the annual mental health symposium held at the Ocean Center in May.
Bouquets are $50, including delivery, and can be ordered by visiting www.SMAFoundation.com or www.whoisjay.org, or by calling 386- 254-1136. Deliveries are available in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties and can be scheduled for either Saturday November 18, or Monday November 20 in. Order deadline is November 14th.
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Who is Jay?
The Jay's Hope Fund was set up by Hank & Susan Ashby, after the tragic loss of their son, Jay Ashby, to suicide, and is managed through the Stewart-Marchman-
Jay, only 25 years of age, was diagnosed with a schizophrenia-
Now, Hank & Susan continue their fight so that others might be spared the same pain and loss. They work with the SMA Foundation on fundraisers to support the Jay's Hope Fund, and on awareness and education events such as the Who is Jay? mental health awareness campaign and an annual mental health symposium for the communit