A florist has started leaving free bouquets of flowers in car parks, bus stops, and nurseries to put smiles on people’s faces.
Amanda Meese, 44, who runs Amanda’s Flowers in Oldbury, West Midlands, says ‘everyone needs cheering up after the sadness of Covid’.
She thrilled locals with her small act of kindness when she started leaving clues on her Facebook page to find the flowers.
Speaking to the Express & Star, Amanda said: ‘It’s so heart-warming because someone could have had a rubbish day at work and it might have made their day.’
One man was strolling to the shops as a nurse paid a home visit to his sick brother when he found his bouquet.
‘He thought someone had just left them behind, but he read the note and took them home. Not only did it brighten his and his brother’s day, but they gave it to the district nurse, whose day was brightened too’, Amanda said.
The man emailed her afterwards saying: ‘It is the small acts of human kindness that put a smile on your face, that remind us to all try and be better people ourselves. Keep up the great work.’
Another lucky bouquet winner placed it next to a photo of her late mother-in-law, while a third gifted it to her parents.
Amanda went viral on Facebook with her scheme, receiving more than 25,000 comments after she snapped up the idea from International Lonely Bouquet Day.
She has left more than 20 bouquets in Oldbury, West Bromwich, Black Heath, Rowley Regis, Bearwood, and Smethwick so far.
The third-generation florist also sometimes stands outside her store and hands out bouquets to passersby in the hope of ‘making someone’s day’.
Her passion for flowers started from ‘a very young age’ as she used to help at her parents’ florist shop after school.
She set up her own shop on Langley High Street in 2009 and 12 years later says ‘day in day out I absolutely love my job’.
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