Community Service Blossoms
By Vanessa Boehm, South High School Counselor and
National Honor Society Advisor
Community member Kelly Krenzel thought it was a shame that fresh event flowers often go to waste. The flowers are used for decorations for a few hours at an event, such as a wedding, and then what? Most times they are just tossed away. Last summer Krenzel decided to do something about the situation – she created Hope Blooms, a volunteer project that repurposes donated event flowers into individual bouquets that are then delivered to local assisted living and memory care units, Hospice of the Red River Valley clients, Meals on Wheels recipients, and others. The goal is to spread joy and let people know that “everyone matters.”
Earlier this month, several of the senior student members of South High’s National Honor Society partnered with Krenzel and spent an afternoon arranging flowers for Hope Blooms. The South students prepared 129 individual bouquets and then delivered the bouquets to residents in the nursing home and assisted living facilities of Eventide Sheyenne Crossing. The students enjoyed the time spent arranging the flowers and visiting with the elderly residents. One of the participants said, “It was awesome seeing the smiles on the residents’ faces when we stopped by with these beautiful bouquets.” Krenzel in turn was amazed by the South students and their attitude of service. “What a great bunch of students you have,” she shared with South High administrators.
The South High National Honor Society chapter intends to become regular volunteers for Hope Blooms. #FPSproud
All photos courtesy Vanessa Boehm.
To learn more about the Hope Blooms volunteer organization or how to donate event flowers for repurposing, contact Kelly Krenzel via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.