Random Acts of Flowers mission grows

(WBIR-Knoxville) The new national board of directors for a local charity saw firsthand on Tuesday how the organization brings joy to people.

The Random Acts of Flowers board delivered more than 100 flower arrangements to patients at Parkwest Medial Center in West Knoxville.

The non-profit collects donated flowers from weddings, memorial services or florists, re-purposes them, then delivers them to patients in area hospitals.

Random Acts of Flowers went national back in July, and is preparing to open its second branch in Tampa, Florida.

New board members hope to see the program expand quickly.

"I think bringing joy to people who need it at a very critical time, I think the simplicity of the volunteer model and how it works in the hospitals is very compelling. The costs are low so there's not a reason it shouldn't be in every hospital in America," said California board member Gillian Growdon.

The board of directors is in Knoxville for its first meeting. It has members from all over the country, including California, Utah, Florida, Illinois and Indiana.The Florida branch is expected to open sometime in October or November.


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