Valley City flower shop delivers Christmas flowers to assisted living center residents with help from the community
Valley City Flower shop makes and delivers about 500 flowers to area residents in assisted living facilities
VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- As owner of Dakota Rose Floral in Valley City for more than 30 years, Debbie Anderson knows how much flowers can pick up a person's day.
So, knowing residents of Valley City's assisted living facilities would likely not be able to attend holiday celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson began brainstorming ideas to bring some holiday cheer to them.
Anderson and her staff at Dakota Rose Floral arranged to deliver flowers to the residents in early December. To offset the flower and delivery costs, their staff began asking customers for a $10 donation.
Donations quickly began to pour in, not just customers but residents of Valley City and soon, from across the country, people heard of the plan and sent money to the floral shop.
"People just amazingly started to donate," Anderson said. "Donations just kept coming in and many were more than the $10 donation."
Dakota Rose Floral delivered the first set of two carnations per resident on Dec. 7. They reached 226 arrangements.
Then Monday, Dec. 21, after a weekend of volunteers and staff creating the arrangements, Dakota Rose Floral personnel delivered 241 arrangements, one for each resident of Sheyenne Care Center, The Legacy Place and Bridgeview Estates, as well as to the Sisters of the Presentation at the nearby Maryvale convent.
"We just wanted to make sure every body had a little bit of joy," Anderson said. "I wish we could have delivered them in person but we had to drop them off outside. It was just heartwarming, it was so wonderful to see the generosity from everyone."
After the successful venture, Anderson said she and her staff plans to make similar deliveries next year. Only, next year they hope to deliver the flowers in-person.
What: Dakota Rose Floral
Where: 1125 W. Main St., Valley City, ND 58072
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Online: www.dakotarosefloral.org or search for "Dakota Rose Floral" on Facebook