The slump of winter is here again. It’s cold. It’s windy. It’s Iowa in February. It’s easy to be grumpy, it’s easy to be down, but the feeling you get when you see someone smile because they feel loved far outweighs any other. What better time to brighten up someone’s day and show love? We are surrounded by hate, protests, wars, and disagreements. Why not be surrounded by love for a day or two? What might that do to your mood, or another person’s mood? On this Valentine’s Day, maybe instead of feeling “obligated”, we should be excited at the opportunity to show love, not only to those we hold dear (whom we should show love to every day :)), but also to a stranger, or an acquaintance, or a co-worker, or …. everyone. Would you be willing to put in a little extra effort this year to show love? Who will you ask to be your Valentine?
Flowers can show love, order here.
It’s almost here! Preparations are happening for our second Caring Rose Week. Bring two cans to donate to our local food pantry and for $10 we will give you a dozen roses! These roses fly out the door, so you can reserve them early by calling the shop or filling out our great new online form – so reserve your Dozen Caring Roses now! This event will help our local food pantry bolster their supplies before the holiday season, so all donations are appreciated. If you are wondering what they need – it’s a lot of everything. Some ideas: things that require little else to make (basically just water), soups with meat are great, easy prep meals that only need water, canned meat (salmon, chicken), granola bars, snacks kids love like juice boxes, applesauce, fruit in water or juice, healthy cereal, and basically anything else your own family depends on for shelf-stable healthy eating! Hygiene products also make great donations – toothpaste, soap, body wash, etc. We appreciate all donations – come fill our cart and take home some roses!
If you could give someone a smile for free, no strings attached, would you? Most people would say YES! We did, too! With the Society of American Florists (SAF) we are bringing you “Petal it Forward” right here in Pocahontas! This event combines flowers and unexpected kindness into one event. We will be surprising people on the streets of Pocahontas with two small bouquets of blooms, one to keep and one to give away! They can give it to a friend, relative, co-worker or a stranger! Studies have shown flowers create a lasting positive emotional impact on the recipient. It’s true – we see it everyday, and we want to spread the joy of God’s beautiful creations.