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To read a magazine article about The Happy Flower Day Project with pictures, please click the link below.
1. Meet the Flower Lady
This is a link to an article written about the Happy Flower Day project. Woman Alive Magazine. Published in the UK>
This was an article in the Chestnut Hill Local newspaper this week.
SUGGESTED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HAPPY FLOWER DAY PROJECT
• How/when/where did you get started in this outreach? What was your inspiration?
How did you go about setting things up?
How did the project grow and change?
• Who helps you with the Happy Flower Day project? Do you have people who regularly volunteer to help? Do different people help at different times?
• How have different recipients responded? Any story that particularly stands out?
Interview: Patricia brings hundreds of beautiful donated bouquets to strangers ever week! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bellesprit/2014/09/09/bellesprit-radio-show-guest-patricia-gallagher-september-feature
Are you aware of your project inspiring any similar work anywhere? Where? If people would like to do something similar, can they contact you (via your website)? Would you be able to offer any guidance?
• Is there anyone you have regular contact with that you have seen a change in (for the better) in some way? A change that you attribute to the flower project?
• What problems (if any) have you come up against in setting up or carrying out this work?
• Have you been asked to speak at functions to explain/promote the project? Where? What have been the results?
• What has been the highlight of the project for you, to date?
• What has the project meant to you? How has it changed you (if it has)?
• Any special flower project plans for Christmas and other holidays?
• Any plans/new developments for the new year?
Story written for Beliefnet:
Video of the Happy Flower Day Project spreading joy at a senior center.
2. Our family has had some ups and downs. Shown below are some of the story ideas that may offer inspiration to others. Patricia welcomes interviews and speaking engagements.
Yesterday, Ruth Anne Wood interviewed me about The Flower Project, Stuffed Animal Project, and our book No More Secrets.
We planned to talk about the Happy Flower Day Project but we covered lots of other projects too. Why I collected 11,423 new and gently-used stuffed animals for people in nursing homes, why our family wrote the book No More Secrets and how the Team of Angels project began.
Please click on the blue link below to hear interview. Under my picture, you will see three yellow buttons. Click the first yellow button with the arrow to play the interview.
In 2009, she interviewed me about the Team of Angels.
Ruth Anne’s website is www.scriptingforsuccess.com
3. Please click the link below from a couple that accompanied me on a nursing home visit to deliver some of the 11,000 stuffed animals that I collected primarily from my requests on Craig’s List. Tony and Meryl’s observations are on the link. https://storiesforseniors.wordpress.com/a-little-about-me/
Please click on this link to read article that appeared in the Bucks County Courier. My observation after visiting a nursing home. May be reprinted for any purpose.
4. The Send a Team of Angels to Help Movement
How many angels dance on the head of a Team of Angels pin? Three. Just ask Patricia Gallagher, she offers hope!
The letters come to her in the mail. Thirty thousand of them. All of them in pain. Letters that could break your heart.
“My mom has to buy me a new wheelchair….”
“I am a senior with health problems….”
“I would like a lift…..”
Thirty thousand that she has read. They write to her because perhaps she is a stranger. Perhaps because they are alone. They need to tell her their sorrows. She reads them all. It is the mission of the “Send a Team of Angels to Help” movement that she began in 1998. People write asking for something small – a gold pin with three angels, a poem on a bookmark – but asking for something more. Comfort, hope and someone who cares.
Patricia Gallagher has been sending hope in the mail for over a decade. And passing out thousands of her pass-it-along Team of Angels to people in nursing homes and hospitals. And on the street.
I just read about your Team of Angels. What a wonderful idea. I have a friend in Massachusetts that I met over the Internet. She is a lovely lady. She has three boys, triplets. They are now 8-years- old and are beautiful children. She is having a hard time because all three of these boys have Muscular Dystrophy. Their life expectancy is 11- years-old. My heart breaks for her every day. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that she must be going through knowing that she is going to lose all three children. Would you please write a poem for this lady and be kind enough to forward a copy of the poem to me? If anyone in the world needs a Team of Angels, it‘s this lady.
My 31-year-old sister, Leslie, is mentally retarded and had a malignant brain tumor five years ago. Last week she was diagnosed with two new brain tumors, which are inoperable. The doctors have given her two months to live. My parents are crushed. She does not know her life will be ending soon. It would cause too much worry in her situation. The doctors have prescribed steroids to ease the headaches and say she should slip away in her sleep. In the meantime, my parents must live each day like nothing is wrong. I don‘t usually write to strangers nor do things like this, but I was touched by your desire to uplift people. My dad is retired from the Air Force so I am partial to people who do things for people overseas. I pray that your Team of Angels is a big success!
My Dear Angel Patricia,
I am more than overwhelmed. I‘m very severely ill and very much terrified. I need something or someone to help me feel needed and wanted. I feel like a 5th wheel around my family. I have been on bed rest and without visitors for months.
Patricia says, “When you get these letters, you want to be more of a ministry than a business. That is why I have given them out for free. Occasionally, I have offered them for sale so that I could help with the expenses of doing the project. I made the angel pins initially to comfort my self and then I started making them to give away. I’m not trying to make this any grander than it is. I just think when people give the pins or get the pins, they feel good. I think it is people showing friendship to other people – just caring.”
5. Story Ideas:
Maybe this will inspire someone to reach out to a grandma or grandpa who is living in a nursing home and has no one to visit them. One activity director told me that sixty percent of the residents in her facility do not have any
family or friends left to visit.
1. Operation Secret Santa for People in Nursing Homes.
2. Permission is granted to reprint these two articles provided credit is given. Please include my site. www.patriciausa.com
Article number one is He sometimes cries like that and the second article is https://storiesforseniors.wordpress.com/he-didnt-seem-like-a-quitter-or-grumbler/
3. Thousands of donated day-old bouquets of flowers have been taken to nursing home residents. (And still continuing to bring smiles to seniors with petals and blooms.) www.happyflowerday.com
4. What’s an Empty-Nester Mom to do? Collect thousands of stuffed animals, load them in her van and take them where?
Bears with bows, bunnies with fancy ribbons…..they may seem small and insignificant, but not to someone living in a nursing home, who rarely gets a visitor. They are warm, snuggly and comforting.
This is a link to a radio interview with Patricia Gallagher. Please scroll down to story number 4 which is titled Depression in the Family.
Patricia Gallagher is a woman from Pennsylvania who believes in listening to the “small, still voice inside” for inspiration.
7. STORY IDEA ABOUT THE STUFFED ANIMALS PROJECT.
“It’s true that most people think stuffed animals and baby blankets are for kids. What I have found is that for the elderly in nursing homes, the reaction is the same. The textures, the different varieties of stuffed animals, and the sheer joy when they select the one that they want to cuddle with, is a beautiful sight to see.”
Patricia founded STORIES FOR SENIORS, a one-woman organization that provides stuffed animals and soft blankets to people in senior care communities. Now, with over 3500 collected and distributed, she is hoping that someone will step in to help her continue the project.
Money raised through the sale of the Team of Angels pins that she created goes to the expenses to operate the program. However, as the program has grown, that is not enough to cover the costs.
Fifteen months later, sixty senior healthcare facilities have received the furry critters. Patricia says, “So many residents have no family members nearby. They have lost their friends to sickness or living miles away. When I look around the room and see 30 residents in wheelchairs, holding a stuffed animal, with a colorful blanket on their lap, I see smiles of joy and hear laughter.”
Patricia is glad she listened to her heart. And, to the still soft voice that told her to start collecting dogs with colorful hats and bears with fancy bows. Now, with her four kids all grown up, she no longer asks herself, “What’s a mother to do?” She has found a new calling, in her “empty-nest years.” www.storiesforseniors.wordpress.com
For information, please call Patricia Gallagher.
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Patricia welcomes interviews.
Dear Patricia and the Happy Flower Day People,
Thank you so much for your visit to Montco SAAC. We so enjoyed the good cheer and bright smiles you brought. What an inspired idea! I wish that I had thought of it. So often, our senior population gets overlooked in charity. It is nice to know that there is someone out there who loves them as much as I do. Happy Holidays and have a Happy New Year!