Every Vase has a Place: RAF Knoxville and Knoxville Area Rescue Mission Every vase has a story. Perhaps, it starts at a florist shop or a gift store or even some warehouse online; but, ideally, that vase finds itself full of flowers and in the home of a grateful recipient. But, after the bouquet's [...]
"A Knoxville-based nonprofit has been bringing smiles to hundreds of thousands of people's faces for 10 years now, and it all started with one bouquet of flowers. Random Acts of Flowers celebrated its 10th birthday Tuesday. Fran Scheidt has been constructing the floral creations since the very beginning. 'It was about a third the size [...]
A decade ago, Random Acts of Flowers (RAF) made its first official delivery. With a strong vision and a simple mission, co-founders Larsen and Adrian Jay started what has become a nationwide phenomenon. Over the past ten years, Random Acts of Flowers has delivered more than 340,000 bouquets of recycled flowers to individuals in hospitals, assisted [...]
For Happiness Week, WBIR's Rebecca Sweet and Leslie Ackerson visited the RAF Knoxville workshop to learn the ways you can deliver some summer sunshine to folks who need it. SEE THEIR COVERAGE HERE -
WBIR's Emily Stroud paid a visit to one of our dear friends and supporters John Benzinger - a retired flower farmer who now puts his green thumb toward delivering hope! Also, check out our full interview with John from last year on our Blog!
Many of us will celebrate the longest day of the year – the Summer Solstice on June 21st – by spending time outside with our friends and family, soaking up the sun, and reveling in the fact that we’ve made it another year around the sun while twilight slowly settles around us. But, for [...]
Our Founder and CEO Larsen Jay recently spoke at TEDx UTK on The Healing Power of Flowers. He shared his personal experience (which led to the founding of RAF) and testimonials from recipients that truly show the difference that flowers can make in the healing process.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the news of the passing of Cindy McConkey Cox, our Chief Operating & Marketing Officer for Random Acts of Flowers. After a heroic four-year battle with cancer, Cindy died early this morning with her family by her side. I cannot begin to express how devastated [...]
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” - Helen Keller Knoxville grower John Benzinger has been cultivating the local soil for more than fifty years. In that time, he ran a tobacco farm and a dairy farm followed by a sunflower nursery. He got into [...]