The Full Bloom,the brain child of Shawn Chamberlain, is an amazing charitable organization based in Spokane, Washington whose mission is simple – they “Recycle the Love” with donated (from weddings, corporate events, funerals,etc) flowers which are then repurposed and transformed into beautiful bouquets for those in hospice care, hospitals and nursing homes.
Recently, Kelli Wetsel, Rostin Ventures Director of Content Marketing and Syndication, was able to share the gift of flowers with residents of Sunrise Village Assisted Living and Memory Center. She worked hand-in-hand with her seven-year-old daughter Cameron to spread love and joy to the residents, reminding them that people care. The experience was a sweet one neither will soon forget.
“It was so much fun (and so much more work than I ever realized), and Cami and I truly loved every moment. I feel like we got more out of it than the residents. Putting a smile on someone’s face is the best feeling,” said Wetsel.
The flowers were a donation from a funeral by a family who wanted to spread some joy to others in memory of their lost loved one. The flowers were picked up shortly after the memorial, vases were gathered and work began in an afternoon of flower arranging. After all was said and done, thirty arrangements were ready for delivery.
“I’m certainly not an expert on flower arranging, but with Shawn’s tips and advice over a few phone calls and texts, we ended up with gorgeous bouquets to brighten the residents’ day,” Westel shared.
After loading up her SUV with a car full of bouquets to let the residents of Sunrise Village know someone was thinking of them, mother and daughter set off to deliver the flowers and The Full Bloom‘s mission of “Recycling The Love”. The delivery was met with hugs, smiles and true wonder from the residents that “someone was thinking of me”. It was a great experience for everyone involved and Wetsel says she and her young daughter will definitely do it again.