10 Of Stuart’s Leading Volunteers Receive ‘Just Because’ Flowers During Harbour Bay Florist's Petal It Forward Campaign
Ten Stuart volunteers' spirits blossomed recently when they were surprised with a free flower arrangement delivery for their hard work and dedication.
After putting out calls for nominations on social media earlier this month, Harbour Bay Florist made deliveries to 10 of Stuart's leading volunteers on Oct. 7 as a way of saying thank you.
Local organizations submitted names of their most deserving volunteers, but some had a tough time coming to a decision, according to Harbour Bay Florist's event manager Ashley Norris, who helped make deliveries.
"The people at the organizations were thrilled with the idea to reward one of their volunteers with a flower arrangement," she said. "They had a hard time choosing just one volunteer."
The concept, called Petal It Forward, was developed by the Society of American Florists to promote goodwill in communities across the country, and Harbour Bay thought this was the perfect opportunity to reward them.
"People love to get flowers ‘just because,’ so we wanted to create random smiles, and give people a chance to do the same for someone else,” said Linda Oliver, president and owner of Harbour Bay Florist.
Based on the results of this first Petal It Forward campaign, Harbour Bay has decided to continue the effort and make these deliveries four times a year to spotlight local volunteers in the community.
Here are the generous volunteers who received a flower arrangement during Harbour Bay Florist's inaugural Petal It Forward campaign:
Casey Carter, House of Hope
Rochelle Halpern, Temple Beit HaYam
Jan MacDonald, Martin Memorial Hospital North
Grace Ward, ARC of Martin County
Phyllis Gillespie, Laws Scott & Gillespie
Brenda Woolston, Hibiscus Children's Center
Barbara Halleran, Martin County Hospice
Sandy Basil, Volunteers in Medicine
Eileen Ellis, Kane Center
Mary Armburst, American Red Cross (She was in South Carolina to help with the floods.)
(Image via Flickr/Sodanie Chea)