"Where flowers bloom so does hope."– Lady Bird Johnson
The program, which thrives on the dedication of volunteers, collects and recycles fresh flowers donated from area stores, such as The Fresh Market, Kroger’s and Food City, that are deemed past their sell date.
What happens with these fresh unwanted flowers? Salvation Army volunteers fashion them into beautiful bouquets for the tables every week at The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope kitchen and shelter in Johnson City. In addition, these carefully crafted arrangements are delivered to area hospitals, nursing homes and other various locations where people are in need of comfort, encouragement and joy.
The new program has become wildly successful with more than 4,000 volunteer hours logged since March of 2012, and over 3,000 bouquets delivered. The dedicated volunteers span the age range, and include an enormous turnout of East Tennessee State University students, who are among the program’s most enthusiastic supporters.
It is because of the hard work and dedication of our volunteers that The Flowers of Hope is so successful. Since last March, when this program began, The Center of Hope has served nearly 90,000 meals to individuals in need. Along with their meals, visitors have been comforted by the beautiful arrangements placed at their tables.
Get Involved Today! The Salvation Army of Johnson, TN is looking for volunteers to pick up flowers, create arrangements and deliver bouquets. To volunteer, please call (423) 926-2101 and ask for Lainey Howard or email Lainey_Howard@uss.salvationarmy.org
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