Partnership helps give flowers to hospice patients for Valentine’s Day
SPRUCE PINE – Valentine’s Day will be happier for local hospice patients this year thanks to a partnership between Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge and Spruce Pine Florist.
Between now and Valentine’s Day, anyone who makes a purchase at Spruce Pine Florist can add an extra dollar amount of their choice, which will go to a hospice fund.
Blue Ridge Hospice will then use the funds to purchase carnations for patients to give them on Valentine’s Day. Spruce Pine Florist will sell the carnations at cost, therefore making no profit on the promotion.
The idea was born after a local hospice volunteer approached Spruce Pine Florist owner Stephanie Medford and asked if she would be willing to partner with hospice for a Valentine’s Day promotion.
Medford said the decision to be part of the cause was an easy one.
“Hospice is such an excellent organization, and they provide such a service to the community,” she said. “Anything they want us to help with, we want to do it. Valentine’s Day is a hard day for a lot of people, and if we can help bring a little sunshine for someone that’s struggling, it’s worth it.”
In addition to the carnation program, hospice is also partnering with area schools with students making Valentine’s Day cards for hospice patients.
The goal is to have enough carnations to deliver at least one to all of the hospice patients as well as residents at the Brian Center and the Mitchell County Senior Citizens Center.
Hospice CEO Christina Jenkins said the community partnership is something of which to be proud.
“The whole community is coming together to help our patients have a good Valentine’s Day,” Jenkins said. “Wintertime is harder for some people, so I think it’s great. We’re really excited.”