INDIANAPOLIS — Sometimes there’s a vase calling your name.
Jen Schiff, volunteer, takes a vase that was donated to her from a rack of hundreds at Broad Ripple.
Schiff isn’t a professional florist. However, she has volunteered her services to Random Acts of Flowers Indianapolis over the past few years.
Picking the right stems out of buckets and pails is not difficult. She said, “There are so beautiful flowers here, I think it’s pretty simple to make a beautiful arrangement.”
Schiff is one 400 volunteer who helps get flowers into the hands for patients in Indianapolis. The organization will be celebrating its fifth birthday in Indianapolis.
Lindsay Potter is the Program director and assists in receiving donated flower from partners like local florists, wholesalers, and supermarkets.
They find the flowers that have still some life but they are not used for any other purpose. They sort and store those flowers in their Broad Ripple facility. Volunteers are available to help with preparations.
Potter said that this is the most hilarious part. “The energy of our volunteers.”
After the flowers have been arranged, volunteers leave a note for the recipient. Finally, the flowers are loaded into a truck to be taken to local healthcare facilities.
Flowers are delivered surprise to patients or residents of nursing homes.
Potter stated, “The surprise when they knock on your door expecting one thing and you have this beautiful surprise, and it’s an gesture from the entire community to say, You know, you are not alone in this.” . “Sometimes there are tears. You know, sometimes there is a little confusion at the start. But, being able to make those human connection is something that we don’t necessarily get very often these day.”
Potter said that the pandemic is extremely debilitating for patients in healthcare facilities. The flowers are one gesture to show support.
It was founded in the first place by a gentleman who saw that many patients did not receive visitors or deliveries. This gentleman began donating flowers and it grew to several cities.
It works, and it fulfills the need to recycle flower waste in a useful way and makes people laugh.
They also refer to beautiful flowers that can bloom for many days when they say “flower waste”.