LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — One Lafayette floral shop is showing us the power of the flower. Blooms and Petals Fresh Flowers owner is donating flowers to public service professionals during this pandemic.
"I can't stop the coronavirus but I can control what I do and how I behave in my community," said Paula Davis, Owner of Blooms and Petals Fresh Flowers.
Davis joins dozens of local business owners dealing with the negative impact of COVID-19.
"We had many flowers, green carnations for St. Patrick's Day, that did not happen," said Davis. "We had weddings that were scheduled to come up that they had to cancel because of the uncertainty so it impacted and I had planned for these flowers 90 to 120 days in advance."
With a surplus of flowers and no one buying them, Davis created the "Good Samaritan Project" as a way to donate them. Her focus is on public service professionals.
"Those men and women who are out there serving on the front line in the emergency room, our firefighters our police, all of those who take the risk of going out everyday to protect us," said Davis.
The idea sparked from a Harvard study about factors that impact employee well being. It showed 60-percent of workers had a better mood after receiving flowers versus the group who didn't get any.
"Whenever you look at the flower you see nature, you see hope, you see beauty and that is the power of the flower," said Davis.
While Davis pays it forward by delivering the flowers, those receiving the flowers say it brings a postive ripple effect within the facility.
"Who can look at flowers and not smile," asked Nathan Anderson, executive director of Rosewalk Village Nursing Home in Lafayette.
Rosewalk Village nursing home is the first of many facilities on Davis' list of giving. Anderson said he sees this movement having a great impact even after we make it through the pandemic.
"To be supported by a local business, we can just continue those relationships here in Greater Lafayette and just be tighter as a whole community," said Anderson.
Davis is accepting individually wrapped goods, clean used vases and baskets, and monetary donations for the Good Samaritan Project. You can find information through the flower shop's official Facebook page or email Paula Davis at email@example.com.