Farragut Residents Add Cheer with Flowers
(Farragut Press, 9.20.2017)
The core idea of Random Acts of Flowers is to re-purpose flowers; for instance, flowers that have just been used at a wedding could be distributed the next day to patients at a hospital or to residents in a nursing home.
This non-profit was founded by Larsen Jay of Knoxville in 2008. He was taken aback by seeing hospital patients without flowers, in contrast to the many that came to his room in the days after recovering from a fall. Jay was inspired to change that imbalance.
Also inspired are Farragut residents Nancy Kirt and Carla Werner, who have been Random Acts of Flowers volunteers for a few years. Both women said they get a lot of joy out of helping with the nonprofit.
When Kirt moved to Linda Heights from Wisconsin three years ago, she came with her Master Gardener credentials. “I always thought delivering flowers would be fun,” she said. “I work in my yard a lot because I enjoy it.” She saw an announcement for volunteers and attended a short orientation at the headquarters off Middlebrook Pike with about 20 others.
“There are a lot of people in Knoxville who volunteer,” she said. “There’s floral prep, there’s designing bouquets, there’s delivery, there are people who wash vases and buckets