NEW ULM - Flowers have always been a medium to brighten up people's days.
New Ulm florist Heather Hacker Hammer and her team participated in "Make Someone Smile Week," arranged by Teleflora, and delivered floral bouquets to nursing homes and local assisted living facilities on Wednesday.
Teleflora is one of the largest flower delivery services in the world, and New Ulm's A to Zinnia is one of its member florist units.
Staff photo by Elena Kretschmer
Heather Hacker Hammer from A to Zinnia presents a bouquet of flowers to Kathleen Reinhardt on Wednesday at Oak Hills Living Center. Approximately 150 bouquets were delivered to New Ulm residential facilities in observance of ‘Make Someone Smile Week.’
The "Make Someone Smile Week" is the floral industry's leading benevolent program running from Sunday, July 20 through Saturday, July 26.
For Heather Hacker Hammer from A to Zinnia, it is the first year to be on the Teleflora's board. Wednesday's deliveries were also her first time handing out flowers for the promotion.
Hacker Hammer and her two assistants, Faith Wels and Lynn Hacker, delivered 148 "be happy" bouquets, placed inside a yellow mug with a smiley face on it, to Oak Hills, Woodstone, Ridgeway and Orchard Hill from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bouquets featured daisies and greens.
"We worked really hard yesterday to get all the bouquets done. They are fresh made and will last a while," Wels said.
One of the Oak Hill residents surprised with the flowers was Kathleen Reinhardt. She was right in the middle of celebrating her 85th birthday when the A to Zinnia team showed up.
"Is this for me? It blows my mind," she said overwhelmed.
Eighty-seven-year-old Elaina Braulick is known throughout the nursing home for loving flowers.
"Oh, I love it. I'm so grateful. My son lives in Honolulu and sends me flowers every month but this is such a great move," she said thanking the team enthusiastically.
Residents Donna Windhorn and Mayonne Weise were very surprised and happy as well.
"I love flowers! How can I thank you for that? I could kiss you," Weise said enthusiastically.
After the mission had been accomplished and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the little surprise, Hacker Hammer was pleased.
"It was super fun. We'll definitely do it again. Next time, I might hire some volunteers to help me hand out the flowers," she said.