Harford florist Flowers by Lucy spreads the love during Make Someone Smile Week

August 29, 2011

If a smile is truly contagious, then residents of Havre de Grace were spreading the love July 20.

That's the day 156 seniors living at The Graw and St. Johns Towers received fresh flower arrangements displayed in sunny yellow Be Happy Mugs, compliments of a local florist, floral wholesalers and a world-wide flower wire service.

Flowers by Lucy in Abingdon and Aberdeen coordinated the arrangement giveaway during the floral industry's Make Someone Smile Week. Telefora donated the mugs, flower wholesalers donated fresh flowers and Flowers by Lucy owners Susie Mabe and Jim Weber donated the time and talents of Flowers by Lucy's employees to prepare and deliver the arrangements.

"What a wonderful program. For some of our residents, receiving those flowers were the first they had received in years and they were so excited," Gwen Martin, services coordinator for St. Johns Towers, was quoted in a news release from Flowers by Lucy. "Thank you for bringing a little joy into their lives."

Weber said everyone on the Flowers by Lucy staff loved being a part of the giveaway.

"It's the first time we've participated in Make Someone Smile Week and it was very rewarding to see the surprise and delight on peoples' faces," Weber said, noting he has received about a half-dozen thank you cards from people who received the arrangements. "We plan to select seniors in another part of Harford County to receive free arrangements next year."

Floral designer Tracy Smith led a team of four designers to mass-produce the arrangements. The designers were Lainey Bush, Brashay Johnson-Lee, Kaitlyn Mitchell and Sabrina Smith. Nicholas Houston and Sabrina Smith delivered the arrangements.

This was the 11th year Teleflora coordinated Make Someone Smile Week across the country. Last year, more than 33,000 free arrangements were delivered by 2,000 participating florists.

Another flower giveaway is planned Sept. 7, Weber said.

"FTD hosts Good Neighbor Day Sept. 7 and anyone can walk into our Aberdeen or Abingdon shops and get a dozen free roses. There's a catch, though," Weber said. "People have to promise to keep one flower for themselves and to give away the other eleven one by one. The idea is to spread goodwill and friendship in the community."

Flowers by Lucy is at 20 W. Bel Air Ave. in Aberdeen and at 3101 Emmorton Rd. in Abingdon.

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