We know that flowers and flowering plants can spruce up any event venue like few other event elements. When an event is over, there is no reason for the joy they bring to end. Flowers and plants can help lift the spirits and create a positive environment in a number of settings. For example, event organizers can donate flowers to:
- nursing homes
- soup kitchens
- schools in low income neighborhoods
Fortunately, there are now a number of organizations that make the process of donating flowers after events a lot easier. Here are a few examples.
If you're an event planner based in Alabama, Perenity (a combination of the words perennial and eternity) will collect flowers, floral arrangements and flowering plants from events and weddings. After re-purposing the, they are delivered to hospices. About 200 - 300 floral arrangements are created every week
For a nominal fee based on mileage, Floranthropy, a Seattle based organization, collects flowers from businesses and after events, arranges them and distributes them to hospices, shelters, senior citizens residences and hospitals. All donors receive tax receipts.
Petals for Patients (Wisconsin)
In Wisconsin, Petals for Patients retrieves flowers from galas, fundraisers, weddings and other large events. They dismantle and re-arrange them to create bedside bouquets for hospitals and larger arrangements. They will even return the vases to the florists. Tax receipts are provided.
Forget Me not Foundation (San Diego)
In San Diego, Forget Me Not Flowers accepts:
- large floral arrangements with stems of at least 6 to 10 inches
- a minimum of 10 arrangements
Using these donations, they design bouquets and donate freshly cut flowers to nursing homes, hospitals and medical facilities.
Random Acts of Flowers (Tennessee)
Random Acts of Flowers in Tennessee is a non-profit organization that collects flowers from churches, weddings, florists and grocery stores, re-arranges them and delivers them to hospital patients and nursing home and hospice residents.
For more resources to re-purpose event resources and give back to the community, also consult Corporate Events: 5 Team Events to Feed the Hungry.
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