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“Memories”, volunteers put smiles on faces

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Jill Jungers, left, presents a flower to a resident at Countryside Manor in Vandalia.

“Memories from the Heart Floral and Gift Shop” donated flower bouquets to help put a smile on area seniors’ faces Friday, July 27.
With the help of Teleflora, Melodie Rahmeyer’s flower shop in Vandalia — “Memories from the Heart” — put together flower bouquets in smiley-face mugs for residents in senior care facilities in Vandalia and Bowling Green.
“Gary (Rahmeyer’s husband) and I are blessed by God to have the opportunity to put a smile on their faces,” Rahmeyer said.
The Schott family and Jill Jungers helped Rahmeyer at the Tri-County Care Center, deliver  the flowers.
Several residents living at Tri-County Care Center, Countryside Manor, and Country View Nursing Home received the blessing of a flower with the visit.
Every year thousands of Teleflora members and community volunteers take flowers to those needing a healthy smile — which include hospital patients, residents of senior living facilities and assisted living homes, and recipients of the Meals-on-Wheels program.
The “Make Someone Smile Week” program held July 22-28 has been delivering smiles for 12 years, with more than 30,000 flower bouquets expected to have been delivered in 2012.
In previous years the program encompassed more than 200 cities across the United States and Canada with more than 2,000 participating florists donating their time.
“Even when the girls are making (the bouquets), it makes them happy,” Rahmeyer said.