Flowers bring joy. They uplift, comfort, and support us. Research from Harvard and Rutgers has even shown that the presence of flowers improves patient recovery and has an immediate impact on our happiness and emotional well-being.
Flowers also play a significant role in special events and celebrations. And in our line of work, we get to see some of the most amazing and beautiful floral arrangements one could imagine. Unfortunately, we have also seen many of these lovely centerpieces and bouquets go to waste at the end of the festivities.
LONGWOOD wondered if there was some way these flowers could be used instead of discarded. As it turns out, there is a way to recycle them and share their beauty with others — through Flower Angels USA, a local non-profit in Cape Cod.
Flower Angels’ motto is Delivering Random Acts of Love. Recycling Flowers… Warming Hearts. Their mission is to deliver flowers to residents in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and assisted living facilities throughout the Cape Cod community. Founded by Suzanne Carter in 2014, they now have more than 50 volunteers and have distributed more than 11,000 bouquets repurposed from donated arrangements.
Inspired by their mission, Wychmere Beach Club has donated flowers from 10 weddings to Flower Angels this year. Both our team, and our clients, have enjoyed being able to give back to the community after their events rather than throwing out so many gorgeous floral displays. Thanks to donations like these, Flower Angels is able to brighten someone’s day and lift the spirits of people who are facing illness, death, and other challenges.
Flower Angels accepts donations from a wide variety of events including weddings and corporate functions and will pick up your flowers from wherever your event is being held. Donations are tax deductible and they will also happily accept any vases or decorations you no longer want to keep. Anything they can’t use is recycled or composted, so nothing goes to waste.
Flower Angels volunteers can craft as many as 30-50 arrangements from a medium size event. Through the delivery of these bouquets, your flowers will continue bringing happiness to others and brighten their lives at an otherwise difficult time.
No matter how big or small the donation, it is a wonderful way to give back to the community and give new life to those beautiful blooms. We hope you will consider donating the arrangements from your next event to Flower Angels. If you have any questions or would like more information on how you can help LONGWOOD continue to support this worthy cause, please feel free to contact us.