In 2021, after designing my Valentine's Day floral I began to think about the women who had lost their spouses, the women that feel so much hurt and pain on Valentine's Day.
I asked my followers to send me the names and addresses of Widows in our community. I also asked them to consider donating money and/or time. I hoped to send gift bags and flowers to 50 women. Within 2 weeks we had enough funds and volunteers to serve 121 Widows. Our community came together with donations from small businesses that as well that made the gift bags even more exciting.
It was a weekend full of rain and cold temps but there was so much joy. Dick's Sporting Goods donated tents to keep us dry and we had Solo Stoves to keep us warm. The nominees were touched by the gifts and flowers - some were in total shock that they were remembered on Valentine's Day by mostly total strangers.
In 2022, we set an initial goal to serve 175 Widows. Within 10 days we had funds and nominations for 300! The nomination number steadily climbed and by Valentine's Day we were able to serve 400 Widows.
We set our sights high for 2023 with a goal to serve 800 widows in Charlotte, NC. We are also mentoring women in Wexford, PA as well as Hutchinson, MN. As we raise funds, it is my hope that we can expand and bring this project to more cities. I dream that one day we can be represented in every state.
- We arrange all of the flowers by hand. By standing shoulder to shoulder while working we are able to learn more about each other and build our community.
- Our gift bags are filled with goodies from local businesses, including Wine Store, Twine and Twig, Erin McDermott, Amen Jewelry and more.
- We include a sweet or savory treat from local businesses as well including Be Good Cookies, Queen City Crunch, Chapel Hill Toffee, Piedmont Pennies and more.