There is no shortage of people who need a surprise “pick-me-up.” Most of the time, we show up unexpectedly. Flowers make people smile! The pictures include staff in a variety of senior settings such as community centers, senior apartment buildings, and continuing care facilities. variety of senior centers, nursing homes and senior groups. And also lots of seniors that we meet along our daily flower route.
Trader Joe’s parking lot photos courtesy of: Terree Yeagle, The Moment Photography TheMomentPhoto.com
Patricia Gallagher – BA, MBA
Cell: 267 939 0365
The Stories for Seniors Project has altered its mission. Our new focus is the Happy Flower Day Project.
Please click the link below to view the WHYY news story with 10 pictures. There is a yellow speaker button on the left side of this link that will give you the audio interview so you can hear the interview with Patricia and WHYY Public Radio reporter. Click the yellow button and then the arrow to hear the audio interview.
Day-old bouquets bring joy to nursing home residents!
What did we do for seniors living in continuing care communities prior to delivering the beautiful day-old bouquets of donated flowers?
For three and a half years, we distributed new and gently-used stuffed animals and lap blankets such as crocheted, knitted and quilted afghans and fleece throw blankets to offer care and comfort to people living in nursing homes, AIDS hospices, retirement communities, veterans’ hospitals, shelters, cancer support groups, life recovery groups and other places where people need hope and encouragement.
Also, we also passed out small items as tissue paper corsages and small Dollar Store type items. Items that might just make people forget their problems for a little while.
Sometimes it is the little things that can brighten a person’s day. (At the present time, we are focusing on the Happy Flower Day Project so do not need stuffed animals or blankets.)
In May, 2013, we decided to bring bouquets of fresh flowers donated by Trader Joe’s to the residents of senior living communities. We blossomed what we have affectionately named “The Happy Flower Day Project.”
Link to a talk show audio interview. Scroll down a little to Patricia Gallagher segment.
Every morning, I pick up several dozen to several hundred bouquets of beautiful petals and blooms. These are the day-old flowers donated to me by local florists. Our random act of bringing flowers spreads lots of sunshine. There is no shortage of people who love receiving a “Have a nice day!” bouquet of rainbow colored flowers such as orchids, roses, daisies, tulips, etc.
Thousands of people have been thrilled when a cheerful bouquet of fresh flowers showed up unexpectedly in their room, at their dinner place setting or on their laps.
What do we need? Donations to cover the cost of gas, tolls and other expenses. Donations are tax-ductible.
We are a 501(C)(3) organization and have non-profit status.
Do you have un-needed flower vases? All sizes and shapes are welcome. Please contact us before collecting anything so we can let you know of our current need.
For quite some time, before the Happy Flower Day Project began, I visited people residing in continuing care communities. We gave each resident their choice of a cozy lap blanket, a small gift from the Dollar Store, a tissue paper corsage, a Team of Angels pin or a new or very gently-used stuffed animal.
Imagine the thrill of being surprised by a fragrant bouquet of brightly colored flowers……for no reason…..just because.
And the flowers are simply a way to convey “You are beautiful inside and out – just like the flowers.” Can you jpicture what happens when we say “Happy Flower Day to you! I have a pretty bouquet for you because you are special.”
Flowers for all – for the residents and staff too!
I sometimes offer a fun program that accompanies the gift distribution. Interactive, joyful, fun and colorful! http://storiesforseniors.wordpress.com/inspirational-and-fun-programs-offered/
Please call or email to share ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.
Patricia Gallagher, BA, MBA
Director of the Happy Flower Day Project and Life Enrichment for Seniors Programs
Cell: 267 939 0365
Please call or email before collecting items so we can share our current needs.