Special to The Greeneville Neighbor News
By Kathy Knight, Editor, Accent Section of The Greeneville Sun
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- The National Board of Directors of Random Acts of Flowers has just announced approval of a location or “branch” here in Greeneville at 1223 Snapps Ferry Road.
Executive Director for the program will be Angee Woody of Greeneville.
Random Acts of Flowers (RAF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity says Woody,
“improving mental health through the power of giving flowers.
RAF volunteers collect donated flowers from weddings, memorial services, florists, special events, grocery stores, and churches — to recycle and repurpose them into beautiful bouquets for delivery to patients in area hospitals, nursing homes and hospice care centers.
As a recycling ‘green’ charity run almost entirely by volunteers, Random Acts of Flowers is committed to nourishing the health of the environment, individuals, and the community.”
The location in Greeneville will open as soon as funds and the building are available, and Woody has already begun involving the community, letting members of the community know about the project and how to assist.
“In keeping with good business practices,” says Woody, “RAF National requires that we have the first six months of operating capital in the bank prior to launch. We are more than 75% to that goal.
RAF National has given Greeneville quite a vote of confidence by investing in launch funding already.
What are the needs for the local “branch?” According to Woody, financial gifts are always welcome and donations to RAF are tax deductible.
Donations of flowers are welcome from weddings, memorial services, florists, special events, grocery stores, churches, and more.
RAF even encourages local gardeners to grow an extra row in their flower gardens, and let them know when they are ready, and a RAF volunteer will retrieve the flowers to return to the workshop to be arranged.
RAF Greeneville is looking for a van in order to make deliveries in an efficient manner.
Volunteer opportunities include picking up flowers; deconstructing or breaking down existing arrangements that have been donated; creating arrangements for delivery; delivering the arrangements to hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospital care centers; and more.
Volunteers will be welcome to serve just a few hours or many hours, and training will be provided.
For more information about the program, phone 791-2859 or email Woody at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website will be available soon for the local office and it will be RAFGreeneville.org.
Donations are welcome and may be sent to Random Acts of Flowers, P. O. Box 2492, Greeneville, Tenn, 37744.
In a release, it states, “In July 2007, Larsen Jay, Random Acts of Flowers founder, was in a near-fatal accident.
While confined to his hospital room, the outpouring of support that Larsen received in the form of daily visitors and dozens of floral arrangements immediately aided in his long recovery.
“When Larsen was capable of leaving his room he noticed how many of his fellow patients did not have visitors or flowers — the very thing that helped him so much in those early and difficult days.
“Within moments the first ‘random act of flowers’ delivery was made, repurposing his flowers and delivery them to patients in nearby hospital rooms.
The memories of how such a simple gesture touched his fellow patients compelled Larsen to form Random Act of Flowers in 2008.
To date, RAF Knoxville has delivered over 24,000 floral bouquets and recycled over 25,000 vases.”