Spring is full bloom, but not everyone is able to venture outdoors to enjoy it. One local woman is on a mission to bring a little bit of Spring to the lives of those who need it most.
Every week, Denny Ewing handcrafts special flower arrangements for the patients at Madison Health and Rehab and residents of the senior retirement home, The Madison House.
“It’s very heartwarming,” said Denny. “They look forward to seeing the flowers every week. I just want to make them smile and brighten their day. It’s very special to me.”
Denny, affectionately nicknamed “the flower lady” by people at Madison Health and Rehab and the Madison House, got the idea to assemble and deliver flower arrangements each week when she realized her church, Madison Baptist Church, had an abundance of flowers going to waste after Sunday services.
“They are just so pretty and I hated seeing them go to waste. I thought I could put them to good use,” said Denny, who grew up in Morgan County and worked as a guidance counselor for 35 years. “I loved flowers since I was a little girl. I used to run across the road to the neighbor’s house and steal the daffodils from their yard,” laughed Denny. “The colors, the smells, putting together different flowers in a beautiful way, it’s an artwork. And for these people, the flowers bring out a different picture to their compact lives in a nursing home or rehab center. They don’t get to go out very much, so it’s bringing nature to them.”
Denny begins collecting the flowers used at Madison Baptist Church each week. She takes them home, takes them apart, and reassembles new flower arrangements to deliver every Monday morning. People in the church have donated flowers too, to help Denny keep her one-woman ministry going.
“It takes me a few hours to get it all done,” said Denny. “But I enjoy it. I used to do weddings and parties and things like that. Everyone loves flowers. It’s such a simple thing, but it matters a lot, especially to some of these people who can’t go outside very often to enjoy nature. But it’s not just the flowers, it’s the attention. It’s letting them know people are thinking of them and care for them.”
Denny hopes her random acts of kindness each week will give recipients a little taste of the love of God.
“I don’t do this for me. I do this so people know the church hasn’t forgotten them—that the church is a part of their lives, even when they can’t make it to us, we make it to them.”
Faith is the driving force behind Denny’s simple acts of kindness.
“The church is very important to me, and I want to share that with others,” said Denny.
Denny hopes others in the community will look for ways to brighten the lives of others.
“There are more senior facilities coming to our area and they always need people to volunteer or contribute,” said Denny. “Something as simple as flowers can go a long way.”