100 nursing home residents get flower delivery surprise

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Every single resident of an Indianapolis nursing home received a holiday bouquet Friday morning. Volunteers from Random Acts of Flowers delivered the arrangements to residents at the North Capitol Avenue Nursing home - all 100 of them.

Cathy Poole was on her first delivery with the non-profit Friday.

"It's so special to give people things and especially this time of year and surprise them," she said.

Random Acts of Flowers began in Knoxville, Tenn. with an Indianapolis chapter opening in October. Florists, grocery stores and others donate flowers past their sell date to the group with volunteers then "rearranging them," and delivering them to people in hospitals and nursing homes.

Friday, volunteers wheeled carts backed with bouquets up and down the floors of the nursing home.

Poole greeted Margaret Lee with a bright smile saying, "Good morning, I've brought you flowers. I'm hoping to give you the opportunity to smile this holiday season."

Lee's face lit up. "They're beautiful, thank you," she said.

Dennis McCoy, another recipient, said, "They cheer you up. They're an inspiration, a gift for me...especially at this time of year."

Poole said delivering the flowers on this day was especially meaningful for her.

"I tried to think of some way I could volunteer to do something special because my sister passed away two years ago today and I wanted to think about her," Poole said. "I wanted to acknowledge the joy she brought to my life and how much joy we had over flowers."

A joy she passed on to several people today.

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