Floral Designer Recycles Wedding Flowers to Lift the Spirits of the Eldery
She does it all anonymously.
Three years ago, while Shawn Chamberlain was tending to wild flowers in the gardens at a hospice in Idaho, she spotted a young mother through a window. “I really wanted to do something,” Chambers said, “and all I had in my hands was flowers… and so I just created a bouquet quickly.” She handed the flowers to a nurse to be delivered to the woman and according to Chamberlain, “It just felt really good.” This first impromptu delivery sparked a new endeavor that has gone to change the lives of people in hospices, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.
Chamberlain began asking brides and wedding planners if they’d donate their bouquets after weddings to give to her new charity, The full Bloom. The response has been incredible and Chamberlain has been able to anonymously donate hundreds of floral arrangements to people going through difficult times. “It really does help when the staff takes flowers into the patients to be able to stimulate some conversation,” said Kim Ransier, Executive Director Hospice of North Idaho.
(H/T Full Bloom)