Regifting Flower Bouquets

By Charlie Nardozzi

Bouquets of cut flowers are a sign of love and affection and are a sure way to make someone smile. Every year thousands of cut flowers decorate special events like weddings, banquets, and receptions. But after the event is over, these flowers are thrown away while still in their prime. A nonprofit organization is working to give these flowers new life by collecting and redistributing them to people who can use a little cheering up.

FlowerPower collects donations of flowers, reassembles the bouquets, and then distributes them to people in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and rape crisis centers. Currently the program is operating primarily in New York and Los Angeles, but there are plans to expand it. Since 2003 more than 2.5 million dollars worth of flowers have been redistributed to those who need them the most. Business and organizations are encouraged to make one-time or scheduled donations of flowers. Corporations, nonprofits, fashion shows, award shows, funeral homes, and private citizens have all contributed flowers.

For more information about this program, go to: FlowerPower.

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