Friday, August 7, 2009

Free Flowers and Hugs

One of Emily's favorite things to do is "make deliveries". This morning was spent preparing to make a special delivery to some of the residents at our local assisted living facility. We gathered up all the tissue paper and pipe cleaners we could find, and got to work making lots and lots of tissue paper flowers.


Once the basket was full, we spritzed them with a bit of perfume! They looked and smelled so cheerful. Next, it was delivery time!

The reactions were fabulous! Free hugs and flowers??? Yes, please!


So much fun!!

26 comments:

Ally said...

Emily has the sweetest face, I love her smile!

Valerie the flowers were a fantastic idea, I cant wait to do something like this with my boys. There is a nursing home here that I volunteered at when I was a teenager. I think Elijah would enjoy visiting but Josiah is REALLY shy with other people.

How did you make the flowers?

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

LOVE this. What a blessing you and your family are!

Melissa said...

Thanks so much for your wonderful ideas!

Blessings,
Melissa

Christy said...

What an amazing lesson for Emily! The flowers look so pretty. Do you know someone in the facility?

Valerie said...

@ Christy -- We don't know anyone living at this facility, but we have visited before with our MOMS club and Emily asked to go back to see all the "great grandmas and great-grandpas". She thrives on all the attention!

Valerie said...

@ Ally -- The first time we visited, Emily was a little shy too, but she quickly warmed up to everyone and loved making everyone smile and laugh! I'm sure you and the boys will really love this. We can't wait to go back again!

Stephanie Griffith said...

What a wonderful thing to do!

Sheena said...

How cute! I know of a grandma that would LOVE those, flowers that don't die!

Melissa @ A Child at Play said...

Oh my word, I love it! A craft and a life lesson on charity, can it get any better?

Ivy said...

She must have brightened their day.

Val in the Rose Garden said...

What an amazing idea! What a blessing to all of those folks today. :) You are an amazing mom.

Val

La Dolce Vita said...

You have really been inspiring me!

We love do service projects, but hadn't thought of this one. It is the perfect family project. We may copy you, so your kindness will double!

Happy weekend!

Denise said...

This is beautiful in so many ways!

Martha said...

oh how sweet.

Brian said...

Very, very nice.

shumim said...

you and your daughter are amazing!!!
do you call ahead or just show up at the nursing home?

Valerie said...

@ shumim -- Awww... thanks so much! This was completely spontaneous, so we just showed up. They were just finishing up with lunch, and when it was time for us to leave we heard lots of "come back and visit us ANY time"!! Really, we felt very welcome.

EntertainingMom said...

Super! What a treat for the older folk as well as for Emily!!

Sherry said...

What a fabulous thing to do!

MaryAnne said...

Wonderful activity :)

Petula said...

Oh that is so sweet! What a great thing you are teaching her... that's great. And the flowers are beautiful.

Jenny said...

That is awesome!

Bona Fide Mama said...

How wonderful. What a great blessing.

sunnymama said...

They look pretty, and what a wonderful thing to do! Emily looks very happy and I'm sure the residents she visited were too :)

Michelle said...

These are beautiful!! How did you make your flowers. I would love to try this with Emily.

Kellie said...

Oh great idea. We have our 4-H dog club and our junior 4-H club make Valentines that we distribute at our local assisted living facility every year. The residents love to talk to the kids and pet the dogs. I think this year we will have to add the tissue flowers too. Thanks for the idea!

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