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Random Acts of Flowers: Investing in Human Compassion and Kindness

Random Acts of FlowersThere is no shortage of ways to make a difference in East Tennessee. People in our community exhibit the volunteer spirit daily, but what could be more fun than delivering a smile?

Random Acts of Flowers (RAF) fulfills its mission hundreds of times each month. Volunteers collect donated flowers from weddings, memorial services, florists, special events, grocery stores and churches to repurpose them into beautiful bouquets for delivery at area hospitals, nursing homes and hospice care centers.

“It makes me feel better. I’ll have better day, a much better day. It makes people feel like they’re not forgotten,” said Edith W., recipient at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The smell of spring marks Random Acts of Flowers’ second birthday! In just two years, RAF delivered 6,207 bouquets and plants. This success is owed to the more than 100 volunteers and 500 in-kind and financial donors who understand the value of a random act.

“It is gratifying to see how a simple gesture of kindness is so appreciated by someone going through a difficult time in life,” said RAF delivery volunteer, Mary Jane Keating.

“Honestly, receiving bouquets from Random Acts of Flowers cheers up our patients’ day. We see it often, that for whatever reason, some patients just have fewer guests that visit them in the hospital and it can bring down their spirit. When we see a patient ‘randomly’ receive a special delivery of flowers, it truly cheers them up. The positive reinforcement flowers provide a patient during their hospital stay really does make a big difference,” said Parkwest Medical Center nurse Pam S.

Random Acts of Flowers uses all its resources efficiently to help make a difference in a person’s day. The importance of making a gift to the RAF annual fund cannot be undervalued. The generous support of RAF donors enables the organization to not only achieve their mission, but also grow and expand services to additional hospitals, facilities and patients.

“I delivered a 92-year-old woman a bouquet of roses. She started to cry and said that it was the first time any man had ever given her roses. This reinforced that RAF’s mission of spreading kindness is simple but really does make a difference. It is my hope that we can continue to grow the charity and share more amazing delivery stories like mine,” said Larsen Jay, Random Acts of Flowers board chair and founder.

A donation to Random Acts of Flowers is something to feel good about. The organization is a 100-percent recycling program. Every floral delivery comes from donated, repurposed flowers. In addition, hundreds of vases are recycled each month – 7,288 to date that might otherwise go unused or sit lonely gathering dust in someone’s garage.

To make a donation to the 2011 annual fund and learn more about Random Acts of Flowers, visit www.RandomActsofFlowers.org or call (865) 633-9082.

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