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History of Sweetest Day

Interested in the History of Sweetest Day? Here’s what Eden Florist shared with visitors about this simple, yet profound holiday:

sweet radiance by eden floristDid you know that Sweetest Day is observed on the 3rd Saturday in the month of October? And that’s a PERFECT REASON to send a gift of flowers or plants or something sweet. Of course, some people don’t need any reason to send flowers. On the other hand, some people need to be gently nudged or a holiday has to be created before he or she will even consider sending flowers or plants or even chocolates.

Speaking of chocolates, Sweetest Day got its origins in Cleveland Ohio back in 1922 during the Great Depression. Herbert Birch Kingston, a philanthropist and candy company employee wanted to spread some joy to the lives of orphans, shut-ins and others who were often forgotten. With the help of friends, Kingston began to distribute candy and small gifts to the underprivileged.

Even the stars got involved! Ann Pennington, a movie star of that era pesented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for their service to the public.

Theda Bara, another popular movie star of the time, distributed 10,000 boxes of candy to people in Cleveland hospitals. She also handed out candy to anyone who came to watch her film in a local theater.

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