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Blood donors 'pay it forward' with flowers

by webdev

December 10, 2010

Individuals donating blood in Tucson, Arizona, recently got to give more than just blood.

Local merchant Don Coleman has co-sponsored the "Blood and Roses" blood drive with the American Red Cross for eight years.

"My son got his heart transplant 15 years ago. This is our way to give back to the community, let them know that we appreciate what they did for us," Coleman told KGUN-TV.

Donors who gave blood in mobile bloodmobiles were given the choice to take a dozen roses home with them or to "pay it forward" by donating their bouquets to Diamond Children's Medical Center or Tucson Medical Center Hospice.

"I paid it forward. I donated my flowers to somebody at TMC Hospice so hopefully that'll be able to brighten their day and make them feel special," donor Alisa Craig told the news provider.

Recent research by scientists at Rutgers University found that individuals who receive flowers have positive emotional reactions including improved moods and better social behaviors. Other studies suggest that flowers can actually help the medical community fight chronic diseases, like Alzheimer's.

Hundreds of charitable organizations throughout the country accept fresh flower donations as well as monetary donations to deliver floral arrangements to sick and elderly individuals.

Individuals may also choose blooms and send a flower delivery to a hospital, nursing home or long-term care facility to brighten individuals' outlooks.


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