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!

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. 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.

http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20131219/the-happy-flower-day-project-spreads-joy-at-montco-saac-in-norristown

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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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A young actress in Hollywood wearing my Team of Angels pin!

I just received a text from my daughter whose best friend is an actress in Hollywood. She was auditioning for a part on the “Young and the Restless.” She has been on shows like that before. A local young woman from this area.

“Hey, Kris. I am backstage at the Young and the Restless example_for_the_overwhelmedright now wearing your mom’s Team of Angels pin for good luck. Can you let your mom know that I really appreciate her giving it to me back when I first met you in 2001?

Bob passed away – my flowering partner on many mornings. Nine-one years young!

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Bob Goodwin passed away. He turned 91 on Wednesday and died shortly after. He was a special man. He was my flowering partner on many mornings. He played the harmonica to announce that we were coming in with the flowers. And he always wore his Navy cap – a great conversation starter. He made the world a wonderful place for so many people. He was the co-founder of Circle of Miracles. Every Sunday, he read a “spiritual seed” which was a story that he heard or found somewhere that would inspire the congregation. Rest in peace, dear Bob.

A little about Bob:

http://storiesforseniors.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/bob-and-his-wonderful-hearts-away-invention-brilliant-and-loving-so-touching/

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We talk about romantic stories of their beginnings….and the young man that gave them flowers

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Of course I give the flowers to the staff and the residents…..and visitors that I meet in the elevator, the ambulance drivers and people in the lobby applying for a job at the nursing. home …..just random acts of flowering!

I think about the conversations that I have with the recipients of the bouquets of flowers – just little snippets of conversations about the boy who gave them flowers when they were starry-eyed teens, about their months of magical courting, where they found their true love and stories about when they married. Enchanted months of courting that made me long for such a time myself.

We stir up memories about graduations, roller-skating in the city, apple-crate scooters, their most embarrassing moments, a special 4th of July memory, how their parents taught them to look on the sunny side of life …..just smiles and laughter about the good old days. They always tell me that they were simpler times back then.

It is usually about a half-hour flower visit but we cover a lot of topics. Their favorite topic seems to be a memory of a high school sweetheart and their pets from the past.

I pass out the flowers and then I smile for the rest of the day.

Here is what happened today. In pictures!
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I think women serving time and in recovery houses could use a bouquet of fresh flowers

Lots of people get detoured in their lives. Maybe a small blessing of flowers will nourish a sagging spirit or in some way offer hope on the road to recovery – hope and a glimmer of light for a better future to a woman in a correctional facility or half-way house. I sent this letter to some people who work in the social services field.

I wonder what will happen. Will anyone contact me? Maybe this small seed of hope can mark a turning point for someone.

I guess that I feel that there but go the grace of God go I.

I remember hearing a radio interview with a therapist and a person who did a crime…..that deserved serving time.

The psychologist said, “I never say to an inmate…..WHY DID YOU DO THAT?
Instead I say, “WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU AS A CHILD?”

Interesting, huh?

Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

Dear Friends of Pro-Act,

I have been a volunteer for Pro-Act as a facilitator at the Recovery House in New Britain as well as in the main office in Doylestown. I wanted to share a little about the Happy Flower Day project and about my desire to bring a beautiful bouquet to the women that you are assisting to get their lives back on track.

Here is an article that was in the Chestnut Hill Local newspaper last week. Trader Joe’s donates several hundred bouquets a week for me to take “random acts of flowering.” Please let me know if you would like me to bring flowers to the women/staff in your program. I look forward to sharing ideas with you. Thank you.

http://chestnuthilllocal.com/blog/2014/07/18/moved-start-husbands-suicide-attempt-flower-lady-brings-beauty-need/

Trisha Gallagher

Cell: 267 939 0365

Just heard from another Flower Lady in Ohio

Greetings, Trisha!
To the “Flower Lady” of Pennsylvania from the “Flower Lady” of Ohio. My daughter just moved to the Germantown area of Pennsylvania. Her first day was July 17th. She read the article about you in the Chestnut Hill Local and sent it to me. I hope you have time to meet with me someday when I visit the area. I would love to exchange ideas about how I can expand the flower projects. What a joy it is! Women and men at my church have helped arranged the flowers and helped with distributing at nursing homes, our local senior center and local food bank. I had always hoped to involve some of the people we serve with flowers with the flower projects – a several things happened. At the food bank, one of the clients offered a massive number of peonies from his yard to give to others, another planted flowers in front of the food bank and a group of ladies in the assisted living part of a local nursing home volunteer to take over the flower project in their community – I just drop the flowers off and they take over and spread the love. There are so many stories. What I do is just small compared to your utter devotion. I would so appreciate meeting with you one day. Just wanted to say “Hello” and thank you for all your amazing devotion to others. You are an inspiration.