Repurposed Flowers Delivers to Hospitals and Nursing Homes
Random Acts of Flowers, a nonprofit that repurposes donated and recycled flowers for delivery to patients at hospitals and nursing homes, is increasing its operations this holiday season. They accept donations from weddings, special events and funeral homes plus from florists and grocery stores when their flowers are past their sell-by dates and can’t be sold to customers.
“People are always so surprised when we do our deliveries,” says Lindsay Potter, program manager. “We believe it is healing for patients when someone from the community, other than their doctor or nurse, shows up to brighten their day.”
The company is nearly 99 percent run by volunteers that pick up the flowers, prune the bouquets and deliver them to patients. Any flowers not in good enough condition to repurpose are composted at a local farm.
With other locations in Chicago, Silicon Valley and Tampa Bay, Random Acts of Flowers was launched in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2008 by Larsen Jay after being hospitalized from a near-fatal accident. Although his recovery process was supported with visitors and floral arrangements, he noticed that not all fellow patients received the same assistance.
To donate flowers, volunteer or for more information on Random Acts of Flowers, call 317-282-0144 or visit Indianapolis.RandomActsOfFlowers.org.