Sign up to run a Rose Drive today
Help MCFL continue its life-saving work
Rose Drives held on Mothers’ Day and throughout the year make up a substantial portion of the annual support for Massachusetts Citizens For Life. Every donation made at a rose drive (usually held after religious services or at public events) goes a long way toward protecting the lives of the unborn and infirm in the Commonwealth.
You can help MCFL continue the fight to restore respect for all human life from conception to natural death. Organizing or helping to coordinate a Rose Drive is a real contribution to the ongoing efforts to change the culture of death. Together we can make a difference.
It’s easy and fun to do. Just follow these simple steps:
- Get permission from your pastor or organizer of the event where the Rose Drive will take place and pick a date (if necessary).
- Order roses and literature from Peggy Bradford as soon as possible (use this order form):
U.S. mail to: MCFL, P.O. Box 96, Ludlow, MA 01056Roses come in boxes of 144 each, one color per box: Red, Pink, Yellow, or White (Boxes cannot be split).
- (For churches): Ask the pastor or presiding priest if he is willing to make an announcement from the altar after each service before everyone leaves (Sample Announcements). The services at which an announcement is made always do better than those where the bulletin is the only notice.
- Advertise the rose drive in church bulletin at least two weeks before and the week of the drive if space allows. (Sample bulletin announcement).
- Recruit enough volunteers to cover all church doors after each service. At Catholic churches, volunteers should come back from Communion, say their prayers, and then go to their assigned station when everyone stands up and the priest says, “Let us pray” for the final prayer. Volunteers can get the final blessing from the door. This way is the least disruptive to the Mass. Also, although the drive takes place after church, volunteers sometimes prefer to be at their station before the service ends. This is fine, although most wait until the end of the service.
- It is a good idea to have some small bills for change in case someone donates $10 but only has a $20, for example. Make sure you pay yourself back if you use your own money to start.
- Get baskets or large pots to put the roses in. The large-handled, open-ended “fireside” type baskets work best, but large, plastic planters also work well. Some people just lay the roses on a table.
- We do not sell roses; we just ask for a donation of any amount.
- Deposit the funds donated in your bank account, write a check** payable to “Mass. Citizens for Life,” and send the check to: Mass. Citizens for Life, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main St., Ste. 1M9, Boston, MA 02129-1122. Be sure to include your parish name and city so we can give you credit in MCFL’s Magazine.
**NOTE: If your church is in an area with a local MCFL chapter, check with the chapter before you send the funds to the office in Boston. Chapters can keep 10% of the proceeds.
- Put a Thank You notice in the church bulletin the week after the drive (sample attached) and let the people know how much was raised.
- Pack up the leftover roses. Please keep the colors separate and mark on the outside of the box how many there are if less than 144. If you cannot store them for next year, please return them to MCFL.