Enjoy another story of happy occasions at a nursing home where flowers bring smiles to residents and underscore the value of random acts of kindness in the nursing home setting.

March 2, 2019
The Globe, Worthington, Minnesota

www.dglobe.com/lifestyle/4578845-pipestone-man-brightens-nursing-home-residents-days-weekly-flower-arrangements

Pipestone man brightens nursing home residents’ days with weekly flower arrangements.

For several months now, a gentleman from this small town in Minnesota has delivered bouquets of flowers every Friday to residents at a local nursing home. At first, he remained anonymous and chose residents who seemed sad or lonely. He loved watching the smile on their faces when they saw the flowers.

The florist, knowing what he was doing, wanted to “give credit where due” and with his permission posted the story on Facebook on Valentine’s Day. No longer unknown to the residents and staff he continues each week to bring the flowers. He started the weekly gifts of giving flowers when his wife of 48 years was ill and with her passing has found purpose in his grief by continue to bring cheer to others who might otherwise be having a difficult day.

The florist noted that he “isn’t only appreciated by the residents, but also its staff. He’s quick to volunteer to spend time with residents around the holiday and made all staff members feel special around Valentine’s Day. The world could use more like him. You don’t see it anymore — it’s all about the negative, she said. He made me believe in humanity again.”

When we work in nursing homes we know that random acts of kindness mean so much to all residents. Let’s keep believing in humanity, appreciating our volunteers, and passing along positive nursing home news.