The 2011 version of Putnam County Friendship Day is set for Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Approximately 4,000 roses will be given away in dozens with the one stipulation -- that those who receive the roses keep only one for themselves to enjoy and give the 11 other roses to 11 other people.
The annual event is intended to spread friendship, goodwill and community spirit among Putnam County citizens.
The event is once again sponsored by Eitel's Flowers & Gifts, the Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce, Asbury Towers Retirement Community, Bank of America Home Loans, Bittles & Hurt/Hopkins-Rector Funeral Homes, Cinergy MetroNet, Cunningham Insurance, Ivy Tech Community College and Teachers Credit Union.
Sponsors of Friendship Day are requesting that when residents pick up their free dozen roses, that if they can, to drop off a canned food item, so that it may be donated to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry.
"This is just one more way, that we can make a difference for our neighbors," Tammy Amor, executive director of the Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce, said.
Anyone who is unable to bring a canned good can still get a dozen roses to pass out to friends, relatives, co-workers or even total strangers.
Roses will be available at each of the sponsors' locations starting at 8 a.m. on Sept. 14.
Each year the roses go faster, so the sponsors want to remind and advise everyone to come as early as you can, before they are all gone.