Tribune staff

DUNEDIN — Dorothy Snavely doesn’t have family nearby.

So, when a legion of buoyant people fanned out across the second and third floors of Mease Manor Retirement Community Wednesday with bright bouquets of flowers in hand, the 93-year-old called it a special occasion.

“I’ve never had anybody give me flowers,” Snavely said, as she held a vase of maroon, orange and gold daisies.

“I’m so happy. Y’all made my day.”

Volunteers with a charity that’s new to the area, Random Acts of Flowers, plan to surprise many more people at nursing homes, hospices and hospitals across Pinellas County.

The nonprofit organization, based in Knoxville, Tenn., collects fresh flowers from weddings, funerals and other events that would otherwise be thrown away and delivers them to elderly people who may not have family in the area.

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