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RAAI to Hold First Fall Plant Sale

Rappahannock Adult Activities (RAAI) will host their first fall plant sale from Sept. 24 through Oct. 5 at their 750 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg location, according to a press release.

The plant sale will feature pansies and chrysanthemums which can be purchased Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

RAAI has hosted a spring plant sale for the last 20 years in conjunction with Mayfest, their largest fundraiser. This year between the two, they raised close to $25,000.

Participants of the RAAI program, which provides a community-based developmental day program that promotes dignity, independence, individualization, inclusion, and productivity of people with intellectual disabilities, have been involved with the plant sale in every stage of caring for the plants.

Melessa Suder, Horticulture Specialist said in the release, “RAAI participants are leading this effort from planting seedlings to putting labels on the pots to daily watering and plant care. They will also be selling the plants and actually loading the plants in customer vehicles.”

All proceeds from the plant sale will provide scholarships to allow participants without funding the opportunity to attend RAAI.

Services for individuals without funding, the program can cost up to $120 a day or more than $20,000 annually. More than 10 local individuals receive financial assistance to attend day support programming each year.

RAAI currently serves more than 150 participants at their six locations in the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford.