Sometimes it is the little things that can brighten a senior’s day!

Contact:

Patricia Gallagher – BA, MBA

Cell: 267 939 0365

storiesforseniors@gmail.com

MISSION STATEMENT:

The Stories for Seniors Project has altered its mission. Our new focus is the Happy Flower Day Project. We bring beautiful free donated day-old flowers to residents of senior living communities, hospitals, hospices, cancer treatment centers, recovery houses, adult day care centers, healthcare facilities, mental health facilities and other places where people need a little bouquet of joy to brighten their day. And just sometimes to strangers on the street!

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!

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What did we do for seniors living in continuing care communities prior to delivering the beautiful day-old bouquets of donated flowers?

From 2009-2012, we collected and distributed new and gently-used stuffed animals and crocheted, knitted and quilted afghans for folks in nursing homes, AIDS hospices, retirement communities, veterans’ hospitals and shelters. Sometimes it is the little things that can brighten a person’s day. (We are focusing on the Happy Flower Day Project so at this time, we do not need stuffed animals or blankets. In May, 2013, we began bringing beautiful bouquets donated to me each morning by several Trader Joe’s stores in the Philadelphia and suburban areas.)

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Video of the Happy Flower Day Project spreading joy at a senior center.

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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.

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Trader Joe’s parking lot photos courtesy of:  Terree Yeagle, The Moment Photography TheMomentPhoto.com

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Contact:

Patricia Gallagher – BA, MBA

Cell: 267 939 0365

 storiesforseniors@gmail.com

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

The Stories for Seniors Project has altered its mission. Our new focus is the Happy Flower Day Project. We bring beautiful free donated day-old flowers to residents of senior living communities, hospitals, hospices, cancer treatment centers, recovery houses, adult day care centers, healthcare facilities, mental health facilities and other places where people need a little bouquet of joy to brighten their day.

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!

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/homepage-feature/item/58229-day-old-bouquets-bring-joy-to-nursing-home-residents&Itemid=3&linktype=hp_impact

What did we do for seniors  living in continuing care communities prior to delivering the beautiful day-old bouquets of donated flowers?

From 2009-2012, we collected and distributed  new and gently-used stuffed animals and crocheted, knitted and quilted afghans for folks in nursing homes, AIDS hospices, retirement communities, veterans’ hospitals and shelters.

Sometimes it is the little things that can brighten a person’s day. (We are focusing on the Happy Flower Day Project so at this time, we do not need stuffed animals or blankets.)

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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.

http://www.jvattraction.com/interview/patricia-gallagher-loves-community-epic-ways/

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.

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Imagine the thrill of being surprised by  a fragrant bouquet of brightly colored flowers……for no reason…..just because. 

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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.”

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Flowers for all –  for the  residents and staff too!

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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.

Thank you!

Contact:

Patricia Gallagher, BA, MBA

storiesforseniors@gmail.com

www.storiesforseniors.wordpress.com

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.

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Fire in kitchen – flowers for volunteer firemen

About 7pm last night, we had a grease fire and in a panic called 911 emergency. We had so many tanks of oxygen in the kitchen for my mother and they are highly flammable. A policeman carried my mother out. She was so scared. I grabbed the tanks and put them by the curb. Firetrucks and police cars were on the scene. Fire in oven extinguished very quickly but they put fans in the house to get the smoke out. I had two bags of flowers in the car – 23 beautiful bouquets. Yes, of course………flowers for the volunteer firemen. I could never have planned that one!

The most meaningful flower recipient so far……for me

I only picked up ten bouquets today. I guess Trader Joe’s extra special sell-out holiday is Easter. I took a pretty yellow bouquet to a friend in a nursing home and then took three to a lady’s home who has cancer. I didn’t have enough to pass out to everybody sitting in the lobby of the nursing home.

When I first walked in, I saw two women saying goodbye to the lady in the wheelchair. She clutched her pocketbook as if she was going out for a ride but she wasn’t going anywhere. They had come in to style her hair. As they left to go to their cars, she wheeled her chair over to the window and kept waving goodbye. They did not see her waving for five minutes. They were chatting with each other and walking to their cars.

I gave my friend his yellow flowers and walked to my car. I thought of the six bouquets in my car. I wondered if I should go back and talk to the lady sitting by the window. I was drawn to do that so with six bouquets in hand, I sat down next to her and handed her three bouquets. Three remained in my arms.

For me, are they from a florist? Oh mercy, they are so pretty. I am so sad. Nobody likes me in here. They put things in my food and I get the bumps on my face. They make me wake up too early. I beg them to let me sleep and not give me the food that gives me rashes. Oh, I am going to take these to my room on the first floor. Do I change the water every day? Oh, three bouquets! Can I trade this purple on for a white one? They will all go together and match. Nope, I am going to give two of these away if I get a visitor or two. I don’t know why I am here. I am so mixed up. That is what everybody tells me but I know I am fine. People just don’t like me.

I reached over and gave her the remaining bouquets and hugged her for about 30 seconds and kissed her on the head. Her eyes were moist and then the tears flowed. I hugged her some more.

That impromptu flower visit was no doubt a Divine Appointment.

I feel happy…two nice notes in a day.

Trisha,
Happy Easter to you! Your Happy Flower Day project is wonderful and so giving and loving! Please know that what you do means so much to so many! I feel blessed to know that there are people like you in the world. Thank you so much.

From a recipient of the flowers that I passed out at a doctor’s office today.

Today at the doctor’s office…..flowers for all

I had a very minor procedure done today at a doctor’s office but it is actually in a gigantic medical center with a lot of employees and patients waiting around for bad news or coping with something that might not be pleasant to deal with. I thought my carload of flowers might be a welcome treat for 67 people. I just received this email from one of the nurses.

Dear Tricia,
I want to tell you how special you made so many people feel today, including
myself. Our patients and staff walked around with smiles on their faces all day!
I enjoyed reviewing your website and want you to know that you are an
inspiration! Thank you for your kindness. You will never know how much it is
appreciated!

Stephanie

Beautiful day to go a-flowering! With my mother.

My mother cannot get out of the car to take flowers to nursing home residents. This might just have to be a day of passing the beautiful bouquets out in a mall parking lot or perhaps at a train station. Lots of people just going about their day…..thinking about their woes and their never-ending to do lists. Maybe the beautiful bouquets will be a bright spot in their day. Love bringing flowers to people who need a little surprise in their day.

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Do you know someone who needs a Team of Angels? Maybe that someone is you!

Hi Patricia,

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I am so sorry I am just getting back to you. My life doesn’t seem to slow down much these days. Thank you so very much for the extra Team of Angels pins that you sent. My sister, who is a breast cancer survivor now, had one that broke. (Most likely from wearing daily as my other sister and I do :) ). You have touched so many hearts and lives with those pins. There are 3 of us sisters and your pin brought so much joy to our friend that recently passed from cancer. She said it brought her peace. I am forever grateful to you and count you among the angels that walk among us. God Bless you always!
With So Much Appreciation,
Lynn
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