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X – X’s & O’s: Flower Angels
Text by Sarah Tietje-Mietz
In 2014, fifth-generation Cape Codder Suzanne Carter felt so deeply for the lonely residents of her mother’s nursing home that she was inspired to start her own nonprofit: Flower Angels USA.
Carter, along with her daughter Mara, began recycling donated arrangements into new bouquets, and bringing these bouquets of joy to those most in need of the reminder that they matter. When Carter looked to retire in 2020, Flower Angels merged with long-time supporter and local organization, Community Connections Inc. (CCI). Their work and mission “to further increase community inclusion for the elderly and people with disabilities,” is continued by delivering happiness to hundreds of patients, brightening their bedsides, and their days.
For Director of Community Relationships at CCI, Liz Rabideau, these deliveries are reminders of “love, hope…that there’s beauty in this world, despite what’s going on.”
When the pandemic put floral deliveries on hold, volunteers quickly began crafting “Caring Cards,” hand-written tokens of love delivered to residents to let them know they are never far from the Flower Angels’ hearts and minds. The dedication of these volunteers constantly impresses Rabideau, who says that despite the pandemic, their drive to deliver happiness never faltered.
Flower Angels is volunteer-driven and donation-funded. To help their angelic efforts, please visit communityconnectionsinc.org/flower-angels.
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