Tag Archive | floral donations

This is what a flower pick-up looks like – and then a half hour later, new life for them!

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I pick the flowers up from the shopping carts in the back of Trader Joe’s. Load them into my car. Sometimes, I make two trips, fill up my car and deliver. And then go back and fill up my car again.

On many days, I go to three different stores for pick-ups. Take them to the destinations where people need a little surprise. Nice people offer to help me carry the bags in. Place them on a table, give them to the staff, or in today’s case on top of the piano.

I make an announcement to the seniors that there are plenty of flowers so help yourself to whatever number you need! Take some for your friends or family that may be coming to visit.

Or I go from room to room passing them out. Last week, The Happy Flower Day project brought over 1,000 flowers! 1,000 people received an unexpected gift of blooming joy!

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When flowers bloom smiles on a rainy day – 150 of them!

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What happens when you bring 30 bouquets into Starbucks?

I was meeting my friend Cass and I had three bags of ten flowers left. I looked around the café and thought it would be nice to surprise all of the folks that were visiting with friends, working intently on their laptops, people sitting conducting a business meeting and others. I asked the young woman behind the counter who was dressed festively and wearing reindeer antlers if I could pass out flowers.

I went from table to table saying Happy Flower Day. Then I remembered that I had orchids and little plants in the trunk of my car. I had already taken 100 to a senior center in Jenkintown.

Had so many flowers today, I had to fill my car twice.

I needed to save two bags of 20 for a place that was expecting me a little later in the afternoon – my prudent reserve. They were on the back seat. (They asked me to put them in the BINGO room.)

I made an announcement to the Starbucks customers I had more in the trunk of my white car and they were free for the taking.

Stop by my car, the one with the trunk open, parked in spot number 3 and take some extras to share with your friends and co-workers.

Oh, wow, today is my anniversary.

Today is my mother’s birthday.

Can I trade the ones that you gave me for the orange flowers? I was supposed to stop and buy orange flowers for a co-worker.

Thank you so much. You just really perked this place up.

Where are they from? Who are you?

And then a man brought me a large hot chocolate and said thanks. I said, “Do you work here?

I am the district manager. Let’s take a picture and I will Tweet it out!”

Wish I knew more about Twitter so I could tweet out some neat pictures.

When you pass flowers out at a restaurant…….

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You can’t buy happiness. Some things are really priceless.

One lady told me, “Patricia, your flowers make me feel better than my pills.”

salemseniorsFor mornings that you need a purpose. For mornings when you want to make a difference. For mornings when you want to have a natural high. Then say HELLO to delivering flowers to people who are lonely, sad, isolated, sick, discouraged and who may want to give up. Guaranteed, a beautiful morning for all! Try it, you’ll like it!

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Four carts of flowers. Two or three bags of bright florals per cart. 10 to 20 flowers in each bag. At least 120 people were surprised today! Everybody looks good with flowers!

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I have a dream……that I can continue doing this for another year.

CAM00704On the six month anniversary of the Happy Flower Day project, I hope that I can find a way to continue sharing the thousands of bouquets donated by Trader Joe’s. I am jubilant when picking up and passing out the flowers.

Today was the milestone of 8,596 bouquets that were rescued, re-purposed and gifted to random people as a random act of flowering.

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In a world full questions, I have a simple one for God. “If you want me to continue, can you please send me a way to provide for myself and my family; a means to pay my car expenses, health insurance, cell phone bill, rent and the other expenses needed to live simply.”

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Here is a Reflection written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day –
like writing a poem or saying a prayer.

Just wondering, does that quote apply to arranging bouquets of flowers on the chairs in an activity room to surprise the residents?

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Yee-Ha! A Double Blessing with Flowers Today.

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Yes, a double blessing. A blessing for me and a blessing for the flower recipients. Staff, residents and family members.

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I woke up sad. But I knew that I had flowers waiting for me at two Trader Joe’s. My mother is very ill. The Hospice nurse was coming to talk to me at 3 pm about end of life issues.

I had to put on a happy face and a happy dress and as the commercial says, “It is time to make the doughnuts.” For me, “It was time to take the flowers.” I was a little teary driving along but when it was time to walk into the nursing home, I acted like I didn’t have a care in the world. And it worked. I love my Flower Work…..and it sure helped me today. Visiting lots of residents’ rooms, going on my flower route to four locations, passing out 420 bouquets lifted my spirits and gave me a heaven – scent mission today.

It is as “easy as pie” to bring flowers and smiles to seniors!

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I think the best way to describe today is Fellowship with Flowers – 420 bouquets donated to me. I think that is the most yet. Monday mornings with flowers – what a great way to start my week!

A lady was walking out toward the parking lot. Slowly walking away from the building at Saint Joseph’s Manor. I handed her a bouquet of flowers. “My husband died three weeks ago at this nursing home. I am just here paying the final bills. I felt so sad leaving here knowing that he is not here for me to visit. Maybe he made these flowers the messenger that he is thinking of me. Can I have an extra one for my sister? I am going to visit her now in the hospital.”

Then I walked inside and asked to see the activity director. The receptionist called her and told her that “The Happy Flower Day Project” selected their facility to receive a sunshine gift of 60 bouquets of flowers. Not sure that is what I said but it sounded good to me and to Megan who happily took me from floor to floor and from office to office and to activity rooms to dining rooms. We passed out lots of roses, tulips, lilies and clematis. On a chilly Monday, they warmed lots of hearts. Sprouting smiles wherever we went.

Miss, your flowers are blooming love here. Where are they from? Oh my goodness. You mean everyone here is getting one. I cannot believe my eyes. Oh, Happy Day! The flowers are a slice of bright sunshine for me.

This is what I miss. Fresh flowers from my garden. We had an old porch swing where we would sway. I loved it on a rainy day. It seems like such an age ago. I loved my garden so much. I had green hedgerow, lilacs, hollyhocks and roses blooming and the fragrance you could smell from the driveway.

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Whenever I feel lonely, I am going to remember Happy Flower Day. My husband is in the hospital. I just live down the street from this senior center. Would you like to come to my house for a cup of tea and some butterscotch cookies? It is as easy as pie to find my house. I can give you directions now.

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On the road again with flowers. Off to Abington Hospital. Spoke to the administrative staff and they took 60 bouquets, not sure what unit would pass them out…..maybe one of the clergy or someone in the pastoral care office. They were so happy to be able to have them to pass out to those who needed a little cheer. In the age of technology, there is no App for that.

And at a senior living apartment community, I just went up and down the halls and placed a bouquet outside of 40 apartments where the independent folks lived.

And at a facility in Philadelphia, 200 people were surprised with comfort in the shape of a floral bouquet.

I had twenty bags of flowers today. Here is a picture of the first batch. Then back into the store for more carts.

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420 bouquets delivered this morning. Yes, you saw that correctly.

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It was an absolutely surreal experience. Ivy Hill Nursing Home and Rehab, Abington Hospital, Saint Joseph’s Manor, Redeemer Village and people in the parking lots of all of those places. Started at 10 am and got home at 2:30 pm. That means that 420 people who were just having a ho-hum normal kind of Monday had a change in their normal routine. Lots to share later.

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Joy to the World with Flowers – but how can I continue doing it?

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I think being The Flower Lady is a job worth keeping, volunteer job, that is…….but funding it has become difficult. I hate to give it up. As of today, 8,516 bouquets have been passed out – all donated by several Trader Joe’s stores. It has become what I do full-time. I do not have another source of income at this point. And I need to pay my personal bills. YIKES!

If you would like to help to keep the Happy Flower Day Project going, please consider making a tax-deductible donation on the Donate button. We are a 501 (c) (3) organization so you can take the tax credit for a charitable donation.

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Please click the link below to read an article written by Joan Wester Anderson about The Happy Flower Day Project.
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