Flowers are powerful things. In an instant, they can brighten a room with their beautiful colors and fragrance — but even more importantly, they bring smiles to faces on even the gloomiest days.
I was able to experience the power of flowers first hand when I helped deliver 150 vases of blooms to patients and their moms at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa, Fla., as part of the Mother’s Day VaseOff! Challenge.
Shriners Hospitals – Tampa is a 60-bed pediatric hospital, research and teaching center providing comprehensive medical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children with orthopaedic conditions. Shriners provides the highest quality care for children and their families without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.
When I arrived at the hospital, the owners of Bay Bouquet Floral Studio, Anthony Swick and J. Thomas, were unloading vase after vase of what were some of the most gorgeous arrangements that I’ve ever seen. Each bouquet was more stunning than the next, and no two were exactly alike!
The flowers were lined up on tables in the lobby for everyone to enjoy. Within minutes, the entire entrance lit up with a rainbow of floral hues — the sweet fragrance that filled the air hardly went unnoticed and, almost immediately, Shriners’ patients and staff came out to get a glimpse.
For me, that’s when the fun began. Read More