Sarah and Cathy Pugliese brought in 300 flowers they made on Tuesday. Others continue to add to the total, but more are needed.
This coming weekend the project to place at least one flower on the estimated 40,000 graves in Carbon and Emery Counties will begin in earnest as groups of people we call Flowerteers will descend on the area's cemeteries.
The project, known as No Graves Unadorned, has developed legs of its own throughout the community. It's estimated that as many as 700 people have been involved in the making of the plastic flowers for graves over the last few months and now some of them, along with other volunteers, are placing flowers throughout the coming week on graves, just in time for Memorial Day.
The number of flowers that had come into the Sun Advocate and Emery Progress offices by Wednesday afternoon counted near 30,000. The goal is to produce 40,000 to cover graves that have no decorations at all.
Now it comes to filling the manpower needs of placing flowers around the two county area. The largest cemetery, Price, will need volunteers all next week to put flowers on graves.
It also means that flowers that have been under construction by groups throughout the county need to be brought into the Sun Advocate office by Monday so that there are enough to go around.
Anyone wishing to donate their time to make flowers or to place them on graves this coming week can contact Jenni Fasselin or Malyn Brady at 637-0732.
We intend to have all the flowers placed by noon on May 25, the Saturday before Memorial Day.