Tillie’s Charity in Blooms
The Tillie's Family has had a strong commitment to our Wichita community since Grandpa Kuchenmeister opened our first greenhouse/store in 1876. This program was created to increase awareness and raise funds for non-profit organizations in the Wichita area. Proceeds from the program's arrangements are shared with our partner organization to support their initiatives.
Tillie's & the Wichita community have raised:
$1294.47 for the Wichita Children's Home in December 2017
$1,005.38 for HopeNet in December 2018.
$652.49 for Girls on the Run in December 2019
December 2020 Recipient
Through the Charity In Blooms program, Tillie's will contribute 20% of the purchase price from the Charity In Blooms bouquet collection sold during the month of December 2020 to CASA of Sedgwick County
The mission of CASA of Sedgwick County is to provide caring, trained volunteers to advocate for the abused and neglected children of our community so that each child can reach his or her full potential. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Judge appointed CASA volunteers represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The CASA volunteers make sure that the child does not get lost in the legal and social service system or languish in a foster home.
CASA volunteers naturally become mentors and have a major impact on the children they serve. Studies show that children who have a CASA volunteer by their side are less likely to re-enter the foster care system and to have higher levels of hope. A child’s hope has been linked to numerous positive outcomes such as academic success, overall wellbeing, increases in self-control, positive social relationships, and optimism.
Persistence and determination are the key factors of what make a CASA volunteer effective. Several years ago, a CASA volunteer was assigned to a nine-year-old boy. For a few different reasons the boy moved foster homes three times in a six-month period. Each time the CASA volunteer would visit him shortly after he moved. After the third move, when the CASA volunteer visited the boy, the boy came to the door and said, “I knew you would come.” This persistence provided the boy with trust and stability which leads to hope. Foster families change. Schools and teachers change. Therapists and other service providers change. CASA volunteers are often the only stabilizing factor in an abused child’s life.
For more information on how to give or volunteer, go to casaofsedgwickcounty.org