Random Acts of Flowers Knoxville
Makes 75,000th Delivery
Random Acts of Flowers Knoxville celebrated a big milestone yesterday,
delivering its 75,000th bouquet to a recipient at Parkwest Hospital!
Longtime volunteer liaison, Rita Stroud, was very excited to be a part of this special delivery. “I remember we had 25 bud vases to give out for the first delivery at Parkwest Hospital back in 2009. Immediately, it was such a blessing. Every recipient is genuinely surprised and excited when we come into their room with a beautiful arrangement. I absolutely love it, and I am so happy to be the liaison at Parkwest.”
RAF volunteers Rena McAlister and Andrea Murphy join Stroud each month for the delivery. Mcalister said, “Early in 2009, I read an article about a new volunteer outreach program called Random Acts of Flowers. Little did I know I would receive so much joy, fun, and satisfaction for giving just a few hours of my time each week.” Murphy, a volunteer since November 2010, added, “I want my son to realize it really takes little effort to positively impact someone’s day when you give just a little love and kindness. It just takes small gestures, time, and a desire to leave a lasting impression.”
Random Acts of Flowers began when founder Larsen Jay used a personal experience to inspire a simple yet generous mission. After a near-fatal accident, Jay was amazed by the amount of support and encouragement he received as his hospital room filled with beautiful flowers. He soon realized that several of his fellow patients did not receive visitors or flowers, and it became his personal mission to share the floral encouragement he had received. The bouquets he shared with other patients that fateful day serve as the inspiration behind RAF’s mission to improve the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness.
“For more than nine years, the dedicated team at Random Acts of Flowers have focused on the simplicity of kindness, compassion and the delivery of hope. We find great comfort in knowing that the emotional impact of every recycled bouquet delivered in a healthcare facility has a ripple-effect far beyond the recipient. This significant milestone serves as an ongoing testament to the volunteer spirit and the generosity behind all who support the Random Acts of Flowers’ mission,” Jay said.