I had a dream last night that a lot of people donated one dollar and that I woke up in the morning thinking, “Oh, now I can continue doing this for 2014.” That was just a dream but maybe a dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep……” Love that Disney song! What if the dream was real and people donated just one dollar to the Happy Flower Day project, tax-deductible, because we are a 501 c 3 organization……what a difference that would make. Thank you so much, Friends!
Walking along the streets giving flowers to random people, stopping in where seniors gather and offering them a free bouquet and just having a fun day of old-fashioned flowering fun!
I had just been to the Norristown senior activity center and was going down the street wondering where I would take the last 40 bouquets. I saw a sign that said Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry on Thursday. I got out of my car and started passing them out to the people leaving with their bags of free clothes that they were passing out today to people in need. Groceries and warm clothes.
If they were Hispanic, I tried my best to say in Spanish, Welcome to the United States. Here is a little gift for you.
If it was a young man, I said, Here is a free bouquet. Maybe your mom, grandmom, girlfriend, wife or aunt would like these flowers. Here take a couple so you can give one to someone along your way.
As I passed the flowers to one lady, she gasped and said, “Praise God. We were in decorating our church for Christmas and did not know how we would be able to decorate with flowers this year. We were praying for some money because we had some but we needed that for paper products. So we had a decision to make, Flowers for our Jesus Birthday Party service or things from the Dollar Store. And then, this is unbelievable, you come at that very moment with more flowers than we have ever had here. Look at them all! We have enough now for the altar, the manger scene, for all of the windowsills and just to make it festive all over the sanctuary too. This is God. He tells us to be faithful and believe. I am so overwhelmed with joy.”
Today at the nursing home:
“My wife will love these flowers.” But sadly he cried. “I do not think she is living anymore.”
“We only got one present when we were children.”
“My best Christmas would be if my daughter came to visit me. She brought me here and I lived ten hours away. I have not heard from her since March. I don’t know where she is or why she doesn’t bother with me anymore.”
“I am thinking about when I was a child at my parent’s house. It was such a good life. They sent me to grade school and high school.”
“My best Christmas was when I went out to the barn and saw my pony with a big red bow on it.”
“I don’t know if I am going anywhere for Christmas. I haven’t heard from anyone to invite me out.”
And at another place:
“My wife and I got evicted. We were out and when we got back there, the landlord said he was not renting it anymore. We had nowhere to go. We are 79-years-old.”
“These flowers mean more than you will ever know. You made my Christmas.”
“The people here, well, it is a sad time for so many of them. They don’t have their families around anymore. We try to make it home-like it here.”
Today’s bounty of bouquets surprised people at a hospital, a restaurant and even people waiting for their cars to be repaired at a dealership!
Fill the World with Love Song