In amidst of all the negativity in our world today, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear about the good things people are doing to make the world a more positive place to live. Sometimes, it is as simple as giving away flowers. And as we all know, flowers do make us happy. Plus, studies have shown that flowers can help improve moods and overall health.
Larsen Jay (pictured above) knows firsthand the power of flowers. He was confined to a hospital bed for an extended period of time. What made his stay that much more enjoyable was the love and support from his friends and family, along with the flower bouquets they left behind.
When he started getting better and was able to walk around the hospital, he was sad to see that many patients didn’t have any flowers in their rooms. The gift of flowers made him happier and he wanted to give the same joy to other patients. So he took matters into his own hands and started giving away the flowers he had received to those without.
And so “Random Acts of Flowers” was born with the simple intention to bring joy and cheer to others by giving flowers to patients in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice care centers.
Larsen and his team of volunteers collect flowers from grocery store, weddings and other events, where the flowers would normally be discarded and give them away to those in need. But they don’t just redistribute the flowers. Random Acts of Flowers is an act of love. Volunteers spend the time to sort out the dead, wilted flowers and create new bouquets from scratch.
As soon as the bouquets are ready, usually within a few hours, they are distributed. After the initial confusion and hesitation, the patients are beaming ear to ear once they have accepted the gift of kindness. They are appreciative; it’s a nice, unexpected surprise. The element of surprise and the fact that these flowers are given “just because” to strangers makes Random Acts of Flowers so special and heartwarming.
Random Acts of Flowers started in 2009 and is based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Starting in 2013, the non-profit organization will begin expanding to cities around the country.
Here’s a video clip of Larsen talking about RAF:
If you feel inspired and want to start your own RAF, please visit their website: randomactsofflowers.org.
- Flowers and Happiness: An Infographic (funflowerfacts.com)