The King will reply “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least
of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”. – Mathew 25:40
Blooming Smiles official starting date was June 21, 2017. June 21st was the day Joe and Donna met in 1985 and married on that date one year later. The donated flowers are arranged into vases at Above and Beyond Church in Boca Raton. Donna and her volunteers lovingly create these bouquets to bring love to many who need their spirits lifted!
Donations and volunteers are always needed.
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We all need love…
Flowers bring smiles to those who are hurting, in pain and suffering.
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Behind the Bloom
Joe and Donna were married for thirty years. Joe was diagnosed with Parkinsonism in 2001. The last five years of Joe’s life were heartbreaking for Donna and their three wonderful children to watch as this healthy, strong man became a frail shell of what he once was. Joe’s physical body was declining but his spirit was soaring. As Joe grew closer to the days of meeting his Heavenly Father, he patiently and humbly accepted each day as it came. These years were a challenge for Donna but God supplied all the strength and joy needed to go through this long trial. On September 14, 2015, Joe entered his Father’s House, finally free from the suffering.
Joe and Donna both loved flowers, God’s creation! Whenever the first gardenia appeared on their tree, Joe would bring it to Donna; he loved the smell and beauty of this lovely white bloom. Donna loves flowers and always has fresh flowers throughout her home.
There are so many hurting, lonely people around us in need of a hug, a reminder that someone cares about them, that God hasn’t forgotten them, and that He loves them. We are all so busy, it is hard to take time to go and visit the ill, the elderly, those in nursing homes and hospitals. Many people in Hospice and nursing homes have no family or friends to visit them.
Have you ever wondered what happens to flowers from events; funerals, weddings, parties? And what happens to flowers from florists and stores that have not been sold and a new shipment arrives? If these flowers are not donated, they are thrown out! Donna prayed for over a year for God to give her a new purpose in life and to direct her to something that would foster her creativity and love for others.
God gave Donna the name Blooming Smiles for this non-profit ministry and confirmed it by giving her the Bible verse Mathew 25:40.
Blooming Smiles began June 21, 2017. With the help of wonderful volunteers, thousands of flowers, hugs and prayers have been shared with those needing their spirits lifted. Flowers and a person visiting at the bedside brings such joy! Not only are the recipients blessed but the giver is equally blessed. The way to heal is to love. The way to have purpose in life is to serve.
The Irises shown in the background have a special meaning to me. Out of hundreds of flowers I picked up on the second anniversary of my husband’s death, 9/14/2017, there were two and only two perfect irises, our wedding flower. In my heart, I felt this was a special sign – One from God and One from my Loving Husband, Joe, cheering me on in this endeavor!!!