LEWISTON – Every summer Blais Flowers holds a special sale to encourage the purchase of any perennial and annual plants remaining unsold.

According to owner Mike Blais, it has become his custom to “put a can out and ask people to pay on the honor system for the plants, and then we donate the proceeds to a charity.”

“Typically,” he said, “I suggest that they pay 25 percent of the value for each plant. But I’ve found that sometimes, depending on the charity, people will pay much, much more for their plants.”

This year Blais designated his sale proceeds to Sisters of Charity Health System. “The system must mean something to my customers, because this year we raised $1,100,” said Blais.

Sisters of Charity Health System delegated the funds to the “Commit to Care” ICU renovation campaign. The Dr. Bertrand A. Beliveau Intensive Care Unit at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center was started in 1974.

The “Commit to Care” campaign has been raising money to redesign the intensive care unit to meet the changing needs of doctors, patients and their families. For more information on the campaign, call 777-8863.

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