Volunteers ensure flowers get 2nd chance to brighten someone's day

Bouquets of beautifully repurposed flowers are delivered to 137 healthcare and senior living facilities in 8 counties. (WTHR photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Have you ever wondered where Valentine's Day flowers go when they aren't sold?

This is it.

Random Acts of Flowers is where flowers go to get a second chance.

"These are really good flowers that would normally go into the trash," said volunteer Amber Livers.

Thanks to 400 volunteers like Amber, they have a second chance to make someone's day.

Random Acts of Flowers has made 75,000 deliveries since late 2016.

"Whenever volunteers come in, this is the first thing they check. Where are they going? How many do we need and where do the flowers come from? The bottom line is what really matters. We would not exist without our awesome floral partners here in the city," said Lindsay Potter, program director.

Between 300 and 500 bouquets are shipped out a small building on the near north side every week.

"We repurpose flowers," said Cheryl Cooper, executive director. "As you can see, those all come in from Kroger, and we are repurposing them and tomorrow, they will get delivered."

There are some things the organizers have to keep a handle on, including temperature and the music.

"'60s, '70s and '80s," Lindsay said of the music that plays while they work. "Every once in a while, we get some Aerosmith, which doesn't go well."

Many of those volunteers will never get to see the joy when the flowers are delivered to 137 healthcare and senior living facilities in eight counties throughout central Indiana.

"We have this community of compassion that we have created here where we pop in and out of people's lives with flowers, and it makes all the difference," said Lindsay.

It may be the week after Valentine's Day, but this is a year-round mission.

"So that is what the mission is: to deliver hope and encouragement and moments of kindness to the people in the community," Cheryl said.

A community of compassion.