Because we care...


Flower Shuttle volunteers created 2,454 arrangements in August 2020 bringing the grand total to 203,336 - WOW!
New to The Flower Shuttle? Join us on Tuesdays at 10 am (post-COVID) for a fun and rewarding morning - we love smiling faces! 


For information about The Flower Shuttle and how you can get involved, check out the "Volunteer" and "About Us" pages of our website.


Thank you for visiting - we hope to see you in person soon!




"How To" Video Series

Check out the first of our new "HOW TO" videos below!

NoseGay by Betsy Boyd




Holiday Schedule 2020
The Flower Shuttle needs a breather from time to time, so we will be on hiatus on the following dates:

New Year's:  
   closed December 31, 2019
Easter:
   closed April 7
Memorial Day:
   closed May 26
Independence Day:
   closed June 30
Labor Day:
   closed September 8
Thanksgiving:
    closed November 24
Christmas:
    closed December 22
New Year's:
    closed December 29

Rest assured that The Flower Shuttle will be up and running again on its normal schedule the week after each of these short breaks, energized and ready to roll!

The Flower Shuttle mission continues...remotely!

This month we are highlighting the remote teams that are working to continue our mission! 


Every Tuesday morning, Teams Violet and Iris join to work as one team in Cary, NC.  Team Leads Rhonda Hinnant and Myra Michot realized early on there was synergy in sharing the flowers and in having enough volunteers to make the arrangements.

 
We have established a smooth rhythm over the last several months.  Team volunteers Lew and Ann Frazier pick up flowers from Trader Joe’s Cary and then transport them to the Aldi’s parking lot next door.  Tom Emmel and Sylvia Wilson load flowers into their cars.    Sylvia works independently or with a few friends and delivers arrangements to Glenaire.  Simultaneously, Helen Furey or Jessica Sinha pick up flowers from Whole Foods Cary.  Tom, Helen, Jessica, Rhonda, Carol Rhodes, and Myra then get busy prepping the flowers.  Weekly, we create approximately 80-90 beautiful arrangements, and deliver to Chatham Commons, Sunrise Assisted Living, Waltonwood and HeartFields all of Cary.  Initially we worked on Rhonda’s screened porch and currently meet in Myra’s garage.  Our teams enjoy fun conversation, hard work, camaraderie, and creativity at our weekly meetings.

Our recipients have been incredibly grateful, stating how these flowers make their residents so happy.  Working through the whole process from pick up to delivery has been quite meaningful and continues to be a pleasure for our teams.  We observe our donors’ generosity and the gratitude of our recipients.  It is tremendously gratifying to know our efforts bring joy in this time of Coronavirus.  We, too, are delighted to work with lovely flowers and create bud vase masterpieces to share with others.
  




Team Sunflower is Deb Dalgliesh and Ben Buie-King.  Deb picks up flowers at Trader Joe’s in Raleigh on Monday mornings and heads to Ben’s house.   There they work outside undercover or in his basement living room bar. 

After this duo arrange and clean up, Deb stops by A-Z Thrift Shop with a large bouquet of flowers.  In exchange they give the Flower Shuttle their donated vases.  Deb says she has picked up at least 150 vases!  Thank you, A-Z Thrift.

Team Sunflower recipients are Aids Alliance and Capital Nursing. They average 20 arrangements each week depending on the number of flowers received.  Ben makes some beautiful and creative arrangements!  Thank you, Deb, for all of the pick-ups, deliveries and enduring the car messes! 
 Thank you, Team Sunflower!




The Peony Team is a happy little team- productive, passionate and organized!  Led by Katherine McVey rotating team members include Eileen Peck, Jan Strom, Joanne Repinecz, Donna Ariosa, Nancy Agasi, Anitra Todd and Bev Norwood.  


This team meets on Tuesday mornings behind the Raleigh Moravian Church on the picnic tables- a nice shady spot and space for social distancing.  The Peony team is very safety-focused during this pandemic with all members staying 6 feet apart and always wearing masks.


On rainy Tuesdays Katherine opens up her garage in N. Raleigh to accomplish their mission. And what a mission it is!  Just this summer this mighty team has donated more than 730 flower arrangements!


Their recipients are Urban Ministries (always fun to deliver to them as they are SO appreciative and always return their vases), Dress for Success, and Elmcroft of Northridge. Elmcroft loves to receive buckets of flowers for their residents to arrange. When there is an abundance of flowers and enough volunteers willing to make more arrangements, they deliver to Atria Oakridge. Team Peony plans to give to The Green Chair Project when they enter Phase 3 of reopening. Thank you, Team Peony!




Flower Shuttle resumes "limited" service to our community

A word of thanks from one of our recipients this summer...

Our residents have enjoyed putting our own (arrangements) together, seeing them throughout the community and even the staff getting some to take home!”

Hannah Flanagan| Healthy Lifestyles Director, Elmcroft of Northridge







In The News...
Check out The Flower Shuttle news in Raleigh Magazine, July/August 2020!

https://raleighmag.com/2020/07/call-for-vases/
For more information on donating to The Flower Shuttle please contact us at 919-793-6647 or theflowershuttle@hotmail.com

To volunteer, please contact
theflowershuttlevolunteer@hotmail.com 
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