An Echinopsis "Volcanic Sunset" in Kathi's garden
Kathi makes her home in Goodyear, Arizona and you might say she's a very special sort of cactus gardener. I know Kathi from the Davesgarden.com forums where she calls herself "Kaktus Kathi". Kathi is special, in that unlike most of us who raise these plants for pleasure, she sells them locally and the proceeds go to a charity called "Christmas Smiles". I asked Kathi to tell me something about it and here is what she had to say:Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures below.
"Christmas Smiles is a local charity with ALL proceeds going to needy children. We began in the early seventies restoring used toys and delivering them to children of migrant farm workers in the Phoenix area. In 2005, we delivered gifts to 140 Head Start children and 36 children in individual families. We support this endeavor with proceeds from our cactus sales and donations from the public. One Saturday in December is dedicated to wrapping with help from nurses of Hospis of the Valley, Southwest Hispanic Culture Association, local Realtors and Title Companies. Santa delivers on Christmas Eve to each child individually with the help of the wrapping crew."
And so with her green thumb and selfless devotion, she and Christmas Smiles brightens the lives of dozens of needy children each year. You can contact Kathi at this number if you would like more information or wish to enquire about the next cactus sale. 602-403-1575 Or if you would like to make a donation you may mail it to: Christmas Smiles, 2084 N. 133rd Circle, Goodyear, AZ 85338