Meet Eleanor Love, a doctor who founded The Simple Sunflower in 2019. Ever since the team has delivered nearly 1,000 re-purposed bouquets to local hospital patients!
The Simple Sunflower regifts flower arrangements from weddings and other events to hospital patients. Love came up with the idea when she was a medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University.
She then started reaching out to local wedding planners – and to date, her team has delivered nearly 1,000 arrangements to patients at VCU Medical Centre!
Besides making their time in hospital more comfortable, Love shared that the unexpected deliveries can also ‘improve their experience in the hospital and potentially even reduce their fatigue.’
‘My favorite moment is when I delivered flowers to a patient who had been in the hospital for weeks recovering from a heart illness. When I brought her the flowers, she was so shocked and so surprised because we bring the flowers as a kind of an anonymous gift.’, she recalled.
‘Her face lit up, she started to cry, she told me about her garden at home. She told me she had been at the hospital for three weeks and it was a really long and difficult experience for her. And it just really brightened her day and brightened her stay.’
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