Awesome Cleveland thinks BHB is doing something awesome!

When we heard about the new Cleveland chapter of the Awesome Foundation we knew we had to connect. This great new organization awards grants to projects and programs that “bring maximum awesomeness to Cleveland, Ohio” and, sure enough, BigHearted Blooms received one of two inaugural grants. The cash will help us get a much needed floral cooler for which we are very grateful. But it’s also pretty exciting to be recognized for doing something awesome for the people of Cleveland. Thank you Awesome Cleveland!

https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/projects/122614-delivering-joy-through-recycled-flowers

Gratitude

BHB is a year old. Wow. That went fast. It’s hard growing a non-profit from scratch - especially when your supply is unpredictable and has to be turned in 24 hours. It’s scrappy. We’re trying hard to grow our impact while paying the bills. But here’s the secret sauce. Every bouquet makes a difference and any volunteer that has delivered for BHB knows that. We’re not curing cancer. But BHB is an organized way for all of us to do something good in the world - to pay it forward one random act of kindness at a time. It is gratifying. It feels so right. Small gestures can make big impacts on emotional health. Try it. You might be surprised. Thank you village for supporting our crusade. And happy birthday to us.

Spreading the word on WKYC about the power of random acts of kindness

We have SO many stories from our deliveries that show how powerful a random act of kindness can be and we were excited to share our mission on Live on Lakeside. We are working hard to grow our impact. If you have flowers to donate, are part of a care facility that would like to receive flowers or could spare a few dollars to help us grow, please contact us. It takes a village.

https://www.wkyc.com/article/entertainment/television/liveonlakeside/sue-buddenbaum-delivering-joy-through-recycled-flowers/95-86d2aecc-c37d-41b1-b8f9-bc0d97cf8ef2?fbclid=IwAR262Q5qkSWvy48xVqSyZtcSYblSEWOsV7SqoBnK8qiog_Oe1Bsr0Ur8Ctg

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Drumroll please......big news!

We could not be more excited to share that BigHearted Blooms has put down roots (pun intended). Yep, BigHearted Blooms has a new home!!! It could not be more perfect for BHB’s needs and we are thrilled to be able to take this next step in our growth. A truly grateful thank you to MethenyWeir for sharing its studio to get BHB going last year. Now it’s all systems go at our combination storefront/ warehouse operation at 5122 St. Clair Avenue.  It’s easy to reach from the east or west side, and nicely located as we collect flowers from events across greater Cleveland. 

Every step in our growth - from when we picked up our first flowers last May to our move to this new space - has somehow fallen into place thanks to the great community supporting our mission. It takes a village. Thank you.

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The reciprocal joy of a random act of kindness

In mid-December BigHearted Blooms tried something different. We took our operation on the road to The Temple Tifereth-Israel where 7th to 12th graders assembled bouquets of recycled flowers and then traveled to The Weils to hand-deliver their bouquets to residents. It was, as always, heartwarming to see the joy of the recipients of our surprise arrangements but it was equally rewarding to see the joy in the youth delivering their random acts of kindness. A good day had by all.

Spreading the joy of fall

The colors of the flowers being donated to BHB are changing with the seasons. These October wedding flowers were amazing, and generously donated to BHB by the Southard family. As always our volunteers rock and the crew of 15 that helped redistribute these flowers knocked it out of the park. The time our volunteers give makes such a difference. We brightened the days of folks at St. Augustine, The Woodlands, Forest Hills Place, Malachi House, Sober Living and Beachwood Commons. Many smiles created (and a few grateful tears).

The Cleveland Orchestra Rocks!

Our amazing Cleveland Orchestra is celebrating its 100th birthday and BigHearted Blooms was extremely fortunate to be the recipient of the flowers from its gala celebration! Thanks to HeatherLily for making this connection. These orchids are stunning and great for recycling because they last for weeks. We shared them with Altercare St. Joseph (skilled nursing), The Weils (assisted living, skilled nursing/rehabilitation, memory care), Kemper House (alzheimer’s care) and Holy Family Hospice. Thank you, thank you from BHB and all whose spirits were lifted.

The Taylor Family Wedding

A beautiful wedding at The Country Club and a van full of flowers for BigHearted Blooms!  Thanks to some great new volunteers we were able to take more than 50 vases of flowers to The Malachi House, The Gathering Place and Sober Living.  Thank you Taylor family for making it happen!