Today is World Kindness Day, and it’s no accident that this autumn newsletter (and therefore this note from me) is hitting your inbox today. While I know that – grammatically – kindness is a noun; I also know that kindness is something that we do, not just something that we are.
We can’t expect good things to just happen on their own, we have to make them happen. Random Acts of Flowers could have finished before it began. We could have thought “Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone got flowers when they were hurt or lonely?” and left it there. But, we didn’t. We put our thoughts into action, and we went to work. And now, more than ten years later, we’ve served hundreds of thousands of people and positively impacted many, many lives.
Everyone who has been a part of Random Acts of Flowers’ journey so far has done just that. So, thank you! Because every minute you spend volunteering, every dollar you donate, every person to whom you spread the word of delivering hope - you make kindness a verb. Through your dedication and help, we’ve turned potential kindness into kinetic kindness, and we are building momentum to do so much more in the years to come.
- Larsen Jay, Random Acts of Flowers CEO and Founder
RAF CHICAGO'S MISSION HITS THE ROAD
FOR FLORAL THERAPY SESSIONS
Click the image above to see what a wonderful time our friends
at The Grove at Skokie had at a recent Floral Therapy Session!
360° of Thanks at RAF Indianapolis
Sheryl Proctor-Bloom started volunteering in September of 2017, not too long after she retired. She had seen a newspaper article about the branch's launch and know "this was the spot for me!"
Sheryl calls RAF's mission a "360 degree concept of gratitude. Not only are we brightening the lives of those in hospitals and nursing homes, we are also providing an opportunity for florists/vendors to salvage and re-purpose flowers. We're giving SO many volunteers opportunities to give back and also providing donors with a worthwhile outlet for giving. It's a win-win for everyone We all benefit from giving!" And, she has seen the RAF mission from every angle - start with floral prep before adding pick up from some of our floral partners and then moving on to arranging a little later on.
She does say, however, that her favorite volunteer activity is deliveries, and she has "specifically chosen to sign up for our local Eskanazi hospital that serves the poor and uninsured. It's the highlight of my month!"
Sheryl particularly likes that RAF's mission "helps others by brightening their life journey." She credits her aunt and godmother, Carmen (who passed away four years ago), as the inspiration for her wanting to give back. Carmen was a schoolteacher who had a sign in her classroom that said "We're all just walking each other home."
RAF KNOXVILLE DEPENDS ON A SPECIAL GROUP
The Cerebral Palsy Center comes to RAF Knoxville every week to take care of our buckets and make sure the workshop is spic and span! Click the image above to see the whirlwind of action their visits are!
The Holidays can be one of the most difficult times
of the year to be in a healthcare facility,
but you can help make our neighbors days merry and bright!
Slightly more than two years ago, RAF Indianapolis made its first deliveries as a branch to one of their first healthcare partners, Eskenazi Health.
We are so excited that they will celebrate their 50,000th delivery at the end of Novemberbypaying a visit back where it all began!
THE ROYAL TREATMENT AT RAF TAMPA BAY
WhenKronos Incorporated – a leading global provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions – decided to have their annual sales kickoff conference in Florida, it knew it wanted to do something special for their employees and for the community. So, they reached out to Random Acts of Flowers (RAF) Tampa Bay to partner on a very special delivery.
On October 9th, during the company’s Women’s Leadership Forum at sales kickoff, Kronos employees (a.k.a. “Kronites”) participated in a floral-design workshop led by Simon Lycett, Florist to the British Royal Family. Simon created floral designs for the weddings of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles; Prince William and Kate Middleton; as well as many royal occasions. He brought his talent and expertise to Florida, and guided Kronites in the creation of more than 700 teacup bouquets.