Luwanda Kelsey proudly hoists her new bouquet of flowers. Photo by The Tribune/Jason Keller.

By Jason Keller with The Greeley Tribune


Originally published in The Greeley Tribune on July 17, 2017. Story and photos reprinted with permission.



Hoisting her bright new mug of flowers, Charlotte Clay on Monday was living proof that the smallest gestures can bring the widest smiles.


And that's exactly what Teleflora is trying to do. For 17 years, Teleflora, a national floral wire service, has donated flowers and mugs to residents in nursing homes, hospitals, rehab centers and more as part of their Make Someone Smile Week, which runs from July 16-22.


“I don’t have anybody that gives me flowers like I used to,” said Clay, 82, with a laugh.


Once a nurse working in a senior home in Windsor, Clay is now retired, living at the Life Care Center in Greeley, 4800 25th St.


On Monday, Cottonwood Florist, working with Teleflora of the Rocky Mountains, delivered 75 flowers and mugs to the Life Care Center in Greeley, with plans to deliver 200 more flowers and mugs throughout the week to The Bridge Assisted Living, 4750 25th St., and Grace Pointe, 1919 68th Ave.


This is the first year Judy Jackson, owner of Cottonwood Florist, 4681 W 20th St., has gotten involved with Make Someone Smile Week.


“I think it’s wonderful,” Jackson said. “It only costs us labor.”


It’s their way of giving back and getting involved in the community. The flowers arrived early Monday morning in large white and yellow bouquets, unfit for being presented to the residents. That's where Mariah Kern and Roxanne Martinez came in....


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