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Organization recycles bouquets

by webdev

October 20, 2010

The Canadian food bank known as Winnipeg Harvest has started a new initiative to repurpose used bouquets for those in need, according to The Winnipeg Free Press.

Many bouquets of flowers are thrown out after a birthday party, weddings, or other special events. Instead of letting these fresh flowers go to waste, the organization hopes to collect the blooms and donate them to healthcare facilities.

 Volunteers at the food bank will collect flowers from various venues and bring them to Winnipeg Harvest. There the bouquets will be cut, trimmed and rearranged to give them a fresh look. Then it's off to the hospitals and other facilities in need.

The program was launched on Tuesday by David Northcott, executive director of Winnipeg Harvest, and Floral Philanthropy co-founder Barry McCanton, along with Kathy Harrison of CancerCare Manitoba volunteer-services.

According to a 2008 study conducted at the Department of Horticulture, Recreation and Forestry at Kansas State University, get well flowers may speed a patient's recovery from surgery. Having a plant in one's hospital room can help improve air quality and indoor environments.


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