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.

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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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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.

Bob and his wonderful “Hearts Away” invention! Brilliant and loving. So touching!

July, 2014:
Bob showing me his orange pouch with the drawstring – holding the “Hearts Away” crystal heart. He is currently living in an assisted living facility in Montgomery County.

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This is Bob, in September of 2013. He was my partner who helped me deliver flowers to nursing home residents. We would start out our flower caper adventure with a jolt of coffee from McDonalds and a cinnamon bun. He often brought his harmonica along and played a tune as I passed out the flowers.
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Why I am inspired by Bob.

I deliver day-old flowers to residents of senior living communities – just a volunteer “random acts of flowering thing”. I collect the petals and blooms from Trader Joe’s every morning and then send a silent prayer towards the heavens and ask, “God, who needs the gift of a beautiful bouquet today?”

My internal God GPS device leads me to half way houses, AIDS hospices, nursing homes and even to random bus stops and train stations. In 14 months, I have had the privilege of being the deliverer of 19,451 bouquets of fresh flowers. Most days, I have close to a hundred bouquets to pass out to strangers.

Yesterday, I went to The Solana assisted living facility and walked into the dining room. The staff and residents know me because I stop by about once a month. I was there to pass out flowers and to visit my friend Bob. Before he was hospitalized last December, he was my helper taking the flowers to cheer up folks in our Philadelphia community.

Now he is a resident in an assisted living and can no longer help me. As I looked at him, I thought that on this day, his spirits needed a little buoying. He and his table-mate Claire were sitting at the table talking about old Navy days, his career with US Steel and his college days at Yale.

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Now at age 90, Bob had a concern that was more pressing than others. He looked at me intently.

Trish, it looks like I am going to be living here permanently. My wife is going through serious health issues. I can’t think of any words that can comfort her. I need care now too and it is too much for her to have to worry about me while she is trying to heal. I don’t know what is wrong with my legs and I have to use oxygen some of the time.

Bob, what is that orange pouch hanging on your wrist?

Trish, that is my crystal heart in there. It is just a felt bag and it symbolically holds my wife’s heart. Every morning and night, I take the crystal heart out of the bag and hold it and send my love to her. I “Reiki” the heart. I ask God to have my love touch her in the way that my words cannot right now. I motion my fingers over it. I used to hang it on my walker. I didn’t want to lose it or forget to pray on it. So now I keep it on my wrist. I can’t lose it at night if it is on my wrist. It is with me when I am in bed.


Bob, that is the most loving thing I have ever heard of. So many people are separated from loved ones. In recovery houses, prisons, overseas serving our country in hospitals and nursing homes.

I thought of my dear mother who passed away on April 22nd. The three of us used to go to the Piano Bar restaurant sing-a-long on Tuesday nights. Then their health declined about the same time. Bob always sang patriotic songs and my mother did her favorite Patsy Cline tunes.

This is a picture of my mother on her 88th birthday. With my sister and brother. Last February 17th.

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Bob, what a great idea! I am going to buy a heart and “talk ” to my mother in heaven too. I think we should tell other people about it. What do you want to call it?

Oh geez, Trish. “Hearts Away ” – that’s what comes to my mind right now. Sort of like when I was serving in the Navy in the Phillipines. We used to say Anchors Away. I have her heart with me all of the time. Really my true heart is never away from her.

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I just call it my Hearts Away pouch.

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