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Walk around a town today….pass out flowers to strangers?

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This morning, the idea came to me to share the flowers with strangers – maybe take a ride and give them out to people sitting in Rittenhouse Square, in a Wash ‘n Go Laundromat, people walking along the river or street, in a parking lot, going into a hospital or restaurant. It seems that most people are carrying an emotional burden or two – a random act of flowers might just help somebody today. I will keep you posted. I have no idea what city I will go to – maybe downtown Philadelphia, Norristown or Germantown.

Two hours later Update:
It is snowing too much around here so I picked up the flowers and took them to a senior living community in Ambler, PA. The security guard walked around with me and we passed out flowers to residents in the lobby area, to a nurse to pass out in the assisted living area, and to the kitchen staff. I have to call it a day now…..too slippery, getting bad out for driving. I had one more bag left. 13 bouquets of flowers in my car.

Just got home and the man who refills my mother’s oxygen tank is here. So three bouquets for his wife. Now off to the CVS drive-thru to pick up my mother’s prescriptions so I guess they will be randomly passed out at CVS. Next stop on my list. My Mom wants something from McDonald’s – a chocolate shake. On a snowy day, I bet some McDonald’s employees could use a surprise.

That means that in about a half hour, today’s flower mission will be accomplished!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

Can I have a few more? I am going to visit my husband. He is in a different level of care.

Can I have some for my daughter and grand-daughter? They are coming to take me out to lunch. Hope they do not cancel because of the weather because I am still game for being with them. I see the roads are bad now. Drive safely.

Wow, I am going to take all of these to my wife.

Who do we thank? Where are they from? Who are you?

Pictured below are the women who work at Trader Joe’s as they help me load the flowers into my car.

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A LITTLE MORE – UPDATE:
4 pm
Took 8 bouquets to the manager at McDonald’s. Do you think the kids who work here would like to take a bouquet home to their mothers?

And then in the Giant parking lot, a nice man came over and cleaned the snow off of my windshields.

Of course, I gave two bouquets to him for his wife. Just random acts of flowering in the snow today. Done for the day!

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This is what a flower pick-up looks like – and then a half hour later, new life for them!

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I pick the flowers up from the shopping carts in the back of Trader Joe’s. Load them into my car. Sometimes, I make two trips, fill up my car and deliver. And then go back and fill up my car again.

On many days, I go to three different stores for pick-ups. Take them to the destinations where people need a little surprise. Nice people offer to help me carry the bags in. Place them on a table, give them to the staff, or in today’s case on top of the piano.

I make an announcement to the seniors that there are plenty of flowers so help yourself to whatever number you need! Take some for your friends or family that may be coming to visit.

Or I go from room to room passing them out. Last week, The Happy Flower Day project brought over 1,000 flowers! 1,000 people received an unexpected gift of blooming joy!

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When flowers bloom smiles on a rainy day – 150 of them!

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What happens when you bring 30 bouquets into Starbucks?

I was meeting my friend Cass and I had three bags of ten flowers left. I looked around the café and thought it would be nice to surprise all of the folks that were visiting with friends, working intently on their laptops, people sitting conducting a business meeting and others. I asked the young woman behind the counter who was dressed festively and wearing reindeer antlers if I could pass out flowers.

I went from table to table saying Happy Flower Day. Then I remembered that I had orchids and little plants in the trunk of my car. I had already taken 100 to a senior center in Jenkintown.

Had so many flowers today, I had to fill my car twice.

I needed to save two bags of 20 for a place that was expecting me a little later in the afternoon – my prudent reserve. They were on the back seat. (They asked me to put them in the BINGO room.)

I made an announcement to the Starbucks customers I had more in the trunk of my white car and they were free for the taking.

Stop by my car, the one with the trunk open, parked in spot number 3 and take some extras to share with your friends and co-workers.

Oh, wow, today is my anniversary.

Today is my mother’s birthday.

Can I trade the ones that you gave me for the orange flowers? I was supposed to stop and buy orange flowers for a co-worker.

Thank you so much. You just really perked this place up.

Where are they from? Who are you?

And then a man brought me a large hot chocolate and said thanks. I said, “Do you work here?

I am the district manager. Let’s take a picture and I will Tweet it out!”

Wish I knew more about Twitter so I could tweet out some neat pictures.

When you pass flowers out at a restaurant…….

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You can’t buy happiness. Some things are really priceless.

One lady told me, “Patricia, your flowers make me feel better than my pills.”

salemseniorsFor mornings that you need a purpose. For mornings when you want to make a difference. For mornings when you want to have a natural high. Then say HELLO to delivering flowers to people who are lonely, sad, isolated, sick, discouraged and who may want to give up. Guaranteed, a beautiful morning for all! Try it, you’ll like it!

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Four carts of flowers. Two or three bags of bright florals per cart. 10 to 20 flowers in each bag. At least 120 people were surprised today! Everybody looks good with flowers!

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I have a dream……that I can continue doing this for another year.

CAM00704On the six month anniversary of the Happy Flower Day project, I hope that I can find a way to continue sharing the thousands of bouquets donated by Trader Joe’s. I am jubilant when picking up and passing out the flowers.

Today was the milestone of 8,596 bouquets that were rescued, re-purposed and gifted to random people as a random act of flowering.

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In a world full questions, I have a simple one for God. “If you want me to continue, can you please send me a way to provide for myself and my family; a means to pay my car expenses, health insurance, cell phone bill, rent and the other expenses needed to live simply.”

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Here is a Reflection written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day –
like writing a poem or saying a prayer.

Just wondering, does that quote apply to arranging bouquets of flowers on the chairs in an activity room to surprise the residents?

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