One thing became crystal clear as LifeBridge volunteers delivered lilies to area nursing homes last Easter. Seniors love flowers. Few get them.
Some facilities even planted the lilies in their gardens so residents could enjoy them year after year.
As often happens, one impact leads to another. Anytime a local florist or family donated flowers, LifeBridge Manager Lisa Reynolds delivered them to a nursing home for residents.
She began to think about expanding outreach. What if leftover flowers from weddings, funerals or local florists could be donated and repurposed for nursing home residents?
LifeBridge volunteers loved the idea.
According to WeddingWire, the cost of flowers for a wedding is $1,500 to $5,000. Hundreds of dollars also are invested in funeral flowers. Most of those flowers do not have a home at the end of the day.
Reynolds talked with Sandra McConnell, the lead wedding coordinator at Southeast.
“Often brides asked if they could leave bouquets in the chapel after weddings,” she said “We began to see that someone could extend their special day by making it special for someone else.”
Reynolds also has contacted area florists, who are donating surplus flowers.
“We would love donations of vases or flower containers,” Reynolds said. “Sometimes people have too many vases to use. We would love to repurpose those as well.”
Giving is simple.
>Contact LifeBridge Manager Lisa Reynolds at email@example.com or (502) 253-8146 with the date of your event.
>Flowers will be picked up by a volunteer and rearranged in small bouquets for residents. Each bouquet will include a handwritten note from a volunteer.
>Donations are tax deductible. Those donating will receive a donation receipt.