KNOXVILLE (WATE) – With Valentine’s Day only days away, Random Acts of Flowers is busy making sure patients stuck in a hospital room are not left out.
The Knoxville non-profit provides flowers to patients year round, repurposing 12,000 bouquets a year. This requires 50 to 60 volunteers a week to create new floral arrangements out of donated ones.
Flowers from places like grocery stores used to be thrown away until Random Acts of Flowers came along.
Tuesday, members of the WATE 6 On Your Side staff helped volunteer making flower arrangements. In just one day our staff, along with volunteers, helped put together 170 arrangements.
The warehouse for Random Acts of Flowers is filled with single flowers placed on shelves ready for creative minds to fashion them into something new and different.
Flowers that are too wilted to use are taken to the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and used for mulch.
Barbara Sharpe is one of the volunteers with Random Acts of Flowers. She said she joined the effort after flowers brightened her day when she was in the hospital.
“It was so wonderful to get some flowers,” said Sharpe, “It really makes people smile.”
After flowers are arranged at the warehouse, they’re delivered to local hospitals.
On Tuesday we helped deliver 77 arrangements to University of Tennessee Medical Center’s heart unit and 93 arrangements to people who are receiving hospital care.
To learn more about volunteering with Random Acts of Flowers visit: randomactsofflowers.org