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Med student finds meaningful reuse of wedding flowers

Wedding season is upon us, and meaning additional work for Virginia Commonwealth College volunteers. They’ll choose flowers after the massive day, rearrange the freshest of them and ship bouquets to the sufferers on the medical middle.

Medical faculty is notoriously powerful, with many hours dedicated to learning and treating sufferers, however at VCU Med Faculty, Eleanor Love discovered time to begin a nonprofit that reuses flower preparations from weddings. She calls it the straightforward sunflower.

“I’ve all the time been drawn to sunflowers and determined to preface it with the phrase ‘easy’ as a result of every part within the medical world is difficult,” she explains. “I felt we may make a quite simple impact and produce magnificence and pleasure to the individuals within the hospital.”

Native wedding ceremony planners determine {couples} who’re prepared to donate.

“It’s extremely straightforward to get them on board,” says Love.

“They’ve been extraordinarily useful in selling our undertaking to {couples} getting ready to get married.”

On a Sunday morning, she meets with different volunteers to make new preparations.

“We’re all the time on the lookout for flowers with lengthy stems which have dense, vibrant buds that appear to be they will final a number of days.”

Love says the work satisfies her want for artistic exercise and likewise satisfies donors.

“I make it a degree to achieve out to every couple individually after we’ve got collected and donated the flowers and I’ve had great suggestions from the households and from the {couples} and from the bride saying they’re so glad they did have been capable of donate their flowers to us and put them to good use.”

And naturally the reward makes the affected person blissful.

Easy Sunflower has delivered greater than 550 preparations to date.

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