We all know someone who could use a little help of positive vibe. Perhaps they just moved, are going through a hard time, or celebrating something special. Whatever the reason, the one commonality among all of them is they could benefit from some type of yard work and good cheer. FOX 8 and Petitti’s are teaming up to help brighten up that special someone’s day. Throughout the season Petitti’s is going to help out our fellow neighbors by sending our Flower Bomb Team that will surprise and delight with some type of at-home lawn and/or gardening support, from big to small.
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Planting Date: Tuesday, 7/12
Nominator: Amy Rutledge
Nominee: Jodi and Dan Gastaldo
My brother and sister in-law, Jodi and Dan Gastaldo, had to go through something no parents ever deserve to go through - losing her beloved daughter Maggie to an awful disease. She fought long and hard and ultimately lost her battle and went to Heaven. The family has been through so much and will be reminded of the pain again this September when Maggie passed.
Maggie's grandma is a florist and she always loved sending and receiving flowers for all sorts of events. This could be her way of getting to send flowers to her parents, two brothers (Ben and Noah) and little sister (Lily) that she never got to meet.
She also never got to fulfill her Make-A-Wish, so I am making this wish to bring some joy and beauty into their lives and honor Miss Maggie.
Planting Date: Friday, 7/14
Nominator: Emily Galan
Nominee: Emilia Galan
I'd like to nominate my Baba (Ukrainian word for grandma), Emilia Galan, for your next Flower Bombing! She deserves this for so many reasons. She came to the states in the 1950's as a holocaust survivor with only $3 to her name, worked 3 jobs to help support her 3 children, and most impressively, never complained. She has a smile that lights up an entire room and this deep sense of joy that is immediately contagious. She turns 95 this June and she is still living by herself in the house she and her husband built. The one thing that has gotten her down lately is that her garden needs perking up - her favorite hobby is gardening and she has always taken pride in having one of the most beautiful front yards on the block, but hasn't been able to garden as much these past few years due to arthritis. She has been a longtime customer of Pettiti’s, with an annual trip to buy her hanging flower baskets every May. Please help me wish her a happy birthday and thank her for being a great customer and grandmother by Flower Bombing her house! There's a pretty good chance she'll end up making you pierogis!
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Planting Date: Wednesday, 6/14
Nominator: Olivia Miller
Nominee: Heidi & Anthony Miller
I would like to nominate my parents to get flower bombed. My name is Olivia and I am 13 years old. My parents really deserve this. They have been through a lot and have big hearts. I would love for them to win. My dad works long hours and my mom stays home with my baby sister. We are officially adopting her on May 22nd. We have had her since she was born though. I have an 8 year old sister, too. My parents are always there for us when we need them and work so hard. The yard is something they are not very good with. I keep hearing my mom say, "We need to do something with the yard, especially the front. It just looks like a big sea of green or a giant green blob". They talk about it for a few minutes and then it gets "forgotten" because they have to help my sister, change a diaper, file paperwork for the adoption, go to watch me cheer or play softball. The most popular one is something else comes up, such as cars needing fixed, me needing new shoes or something like that. They always put us first before anything else. I just really would love to see something good happen for them.
Planting Date: Wednesday, 9/28
Nominator: Amanda Mooney, Melissa Wensing, Tiffany Matheny, Jill Hozvicka
Nominee: Colleen Starr
Colleen is a wife and mother to three young boys. The youngest, Andrew (age 7), is currently recovering from a second surgery on his brain stem. Andrew has a brain tumor and is quite the trooper despite everything he has fought through. The family has just returned from Florida, where they had to travel to All Children’s Hospital for the surgery. While in Florida, Colleen and Nate had to plan for lost wages and just the scheduling/ juggling of the older boys lives while they were gone. In addition to Andrew’s condition, Nate, Colleen’s husband, was recently diagnosed with cancer for which he has begun treatment. Colleen has remained the rock in her family. She juggles work, doctor appointments, multiple therapy appointments (speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy), and all the sports practices and games that her older boys participate in. Colleen has an ability to keep everyone’s spirits up and positivity flowing. She is amazing and so deserving of a beautiful yard and so much more.
Planting Date: Tuesday, 8/23
Nominator: Jennifer Zonar (Cathy’s daughter)
Nominee: Cathy Greathouse
My mother is the greatest woman I know. She is kind and selfless, giving so much of herself without a second thought.
She watches my girls while my husband and I work. But she does more than babysit. She helps raise them, hugs them, loves them, takes them to appointments and practices and games. She guides them. She kisses boo boos and plays with them. She'll sit out in the rain and cold to cheer on soccer games. She'll drive hours to pick up her granddaughters from college. She teaches them about plants and flowers and how to take care of them. I have a black thumb, so this is something that I can't teach. My youngest is always asking to go flower/plant shopping so they can garden together.
My mom is also a matriarch of our family. She is the go-to person for everything and everyone. You need advice, call my mom. You need a sympathetic ear, call my mom. You need a ride somewhere or help with anything, call my mom. She is a pseudo mom to some of my cousins and pseudo grandma to their kids.
Even with health issues, she keeps on going. Always willing to lend a hand, always ready with a smile and a hug. She is my hero and if I could be even 1/2 the mother to my children as she is to me, they are so very lucky.
July winner on Fox 8 News Click Here
Planting Date: Friday, 6/17
Nominator: Sheila Harris
Nominee: Olga Hayworth (Sheila's mother)
My mother is 86 years old and a throat cancer survivor since 1977. She recently suffered a heart attack and most of the time is house bound. She has a very nice ranch style home in Euclid with a yard that should be enjoyed. However, she does not go outside because she said "there is nothing to look at". When my father was living, he and I kept the yard full of flowers but he has been with the Lord for 19 years. I believe that my mother's mood and health would improve if she had a reason to go outside. My mother loves flowers especially yellow roses. I pray that you will help her get her flowers while she can enjoy them.
June winner on Fox 8 News Click Here
Planting Date: Monday, 10/19
Nominator: Lisa McFadden
Nominee: Virgina Schmook (Lisa's friend)
I would like to nominate my dear friend of 29 years, Lisa McFadden. Lisa is constantly giving and taking care of others and never wants anything in return or any accolades. Just a little bit about Lisa, she is the mother of Jim and Julia and the wife of Paul. She is a dedicated worker for the city of Middleburg Heights for 30 years. Approximately 6 years ago she donated a kidney to a co-worker just because it was something she felt she had to do. On May 1, 2015, Lisa’s life changed forever. Her son Jim, a Harvard graduate, who just finished his first year at George Washington Law School, suddenly passed away. He too was a giver, teaching English in Korea for three years and spending time in Africa to teach a better life. To honor my dear friend and her family, I would love to nominate her for a flower bombing. It would be so nice to bring a smile to my friend’s face!
Here AJ Petitti announce September's winner on Fox 8 News Click Here
Planting Date: Monday, 9/14
Nominator: Angela Banks Burke
Nominee: Ruby Banks (Ruby's daughter)
My name is Angela Banks Burke and Ruby is my mother. She has been blessed with 8 children, 25 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren, plus my parents have been happily married for 54 years. My mother is the epitome of the greatest mother on earth because she always puts others first. She loves flowers and unfortunately hasn't been able to get the look she'd like to see of flowers around their home. Since she doesn't get outside much, it would be nice to bring the flowers to her. Please consider my mother for a flower bomb, thank you so very much! God bless!
Here AJ Petitti announce August's 'Flower Bombing' winner on Fox 8 News Click Here
Planting Date: Monday, 8/24
Nominator: Lovie Ward
Nominee: Mary Cardwell (Lovie's sister)
I would like to nominate my sister Mary Cardwell as your next "Flower Bomb" winner! Currently, my sister is the caregiver of our 88 year old mother whose bed ridden and loves beautiful flowers. My sister is also a lifelong caregiver to her soon to be 30 year old son who has Down Syndrome. My sister devotes her time and life effortlessly in the care of our mother and her son. My sister makes sure that my mother and nephew get their share of fresh air by wheeling my mother to the front porch each and every day (if weather permits) so that she is able to enjoy the outside. On June 14, 2015 my sister celebrated her 64th birthday and I would like to give her a "Belated Birthday Gift" and show my appreciation for all that she does for our mother by "spreading cheer" to her front porch (yard) with a flower bomb!
Planting Date: Wednesday, 7/22
Nominator: Robert Ingram, Jr.
Nominee: Michelle Ingram (Robert’s wife)
My wife is a very hard working NICU nurse at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and is also 7 months pregnant with our first child. This is a very exciting time for our family. Things have been difficult for her now that she is pregnant. As a nurse, she is working long, 12 hour shifts with sleepless nights sometimes due to her level of discomfort. As her husband, I feel I have struggled to support her through her pregnancy these past few months as our son grows and her discomfort increases. I can think of no other person who would appreciate this wonderful gift of seeing our first home come to life with color from beautiful flowers in our front yard. I believe this will brighten her day as she comes home sometimes over 13 hours after she leaves. Thank you for considering my wife and our home for this wonderful gift of nature’s beauty.
Hear AJ Petitti announce June's 'Flower Bombing' winner on Fox 8 News Click Here.
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