Indianapolis — Sometimes there are vases that just call your name.
Volunteer Jenshifu grabs a vase donated from hundreds of shelves in the Broad Ripple shop.
Schiff is not a professional florist, but for the past few years he has volunteered in an organization called the Random Act of Flowers in Indianapolis.
She chooses the perfect stem from a bucket of flowers and a bucket of flowers and tells me, “There are so many beautiful flowers here that it’s very easy to make a nice arrangement.”
Schiff is one of 400 volunteers helping to get flowers in the hands of patients throughout Indianapolis. This month, the organization celebrates its fifth anniversary in Indianapolis.
Lindsay Potter is a program director who helps receive flowers donated by partners such as local florists, wholesalers and grocery stores.
They still have life, but collect flowers that are no longer used after the event or on the shelves. The flowers are categorized and stored at the Broad Ripple facility. Volunteers will come and arrange.
“That’s probably the most fun part,” says Potter. “The energy of our volunteers.”
Once the arrangements are complete, volunteers will add notes to the recipient, load the flowers onto the truck and deliver them to the local medical facility.
Flowers are delivered as a surprise to those seeking medical care and nursing home facilities.
“The surprise when they knock on the door and expect one thing, and you have this beautiful surprise on them. It’s a gesture from the whole community.” Tears can come out. It can be a little confusing at first, but being able to build those relationships isn’t always what you get these days. “
According to Potter, the pandemic incredibly isolates people in the healthcare facility from being cared for, and flowers are just one gesture to show that someone is caring for them.
The organization was originally founded by a hospital gentleman, who realized that many patients could not receive visitors or deliveries, so the gentleman began donating flowers himself and grew into several cities.
This concept works and meets the need to beneficially recycle flower waste and make people smile.
And when they say flower waste, they mean gorgeous flowers with days left on the flowers.
“All of our volunteers, especially the first few, are shocked by the quality of the flowers,” says Potter.
It is a team effort to bring this “random act of flowers” to the people of our community.
“In addition to picking flowers at the grocery store, washing vases, driving vases, some people handle flowers. Some people work at florists for the rest of their lives. Some people have no experience at all.” Says Potter.
When volunteer Schiff makes arrangements, she thinks a lot about who can receive them.
“When I put these together, I sometimes think about it. I wonder who will receive it,” says Schiff. “And those who hate getting flowers.”
The Random Acts of Flowers have provided more than 90,000 flower arrangements to the community in just five years. And they are still strong and are always looking for more volunteers to sign up for shifts and support.
If you would like to know more about how to help, please visit the following website. RAFindy.org..
WRTV’s Lauren Casey first reported this story.
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