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Unsold Mother's Day bouquets will be repurposed by The Bloom Project for hospice and palliative care patients to enjoy.

COURTESY PHOTO:  - From left, a volunteer poses with The Bloom Project founder Heidi Berkman. Many volunteers will transform unsold Mothers Day bouquets into floral arrangements for distribution to hospice and palliative care patients.

For The Review, Tidings

In what is expected to be one of the largest floral donations it will receive this year, the Bloom Project will collect bouquets from floral retailers following Mother's Day, when many arrangements go unsold.

The gift proves especially significant as it catapults the Oregon-based nonprofit to a key milestone: 250,000 bouquets gifted. As it does year round, the volunteer-driven nonprofit will repurpose the flowers for hospice and palliative care patients."We could not be more excited to share news of The Bloom Project's impact on the Oregon hospice and palliative care community," said The Bloom Project's founder and president Heidi Berkman. "Without the support of the floral community and our volunteers, we would not have the opportunity to show these flowers a second life as gifts for those going through a difficult time."

According to the National Retail Federation, $2.6 billion was expected to be spent on Mother's Day flowers last year, with 69% of shoppers purchasing flowers for the moms in their lives. While many floral retailers stock up on bouquets in commemoration of the holiday, many go unsold and are often sent to landfills, emitting measurable carbon dioxide emissions.

As an alternative, wholesale floral companies, growers and local grocery stores donate to The Bloom Project. Volunteers then repurpose the flowers and create beautiful bouquets, ready to deliver to local hospice and palliative care patients. To date The Bloom Project has recorded more than 118,000 donated volunteer hours.

The Bloom Project is located at Teufel Holly Farms, 160 SW Miller Road, Portland. Mother's Day work sessions will take place Monday, May 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information visit thebloomproject.org.

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