The Launch of Bouquets of Hope

Events & I John 4:19 & Weddings.

We first shared Catholic Charities of West Tennessee’s {CCWTN} new ministry, “Bouquets of Hope,” with you here on the WED Memphis blog just a few weeks ago. Since then, the ministry officially launched last Monday, Sept. 22nd, after Lauren Bishop and Lee Pelkey and their families generously donated their wedding flowers, originally arranged by Holliday Flowers, to Bouquets of Hope, which takes floral arrangements and flowers donated from weddings and events and repurposes them in new arrangements to give to patients in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice that typically do not receive flowers. The ministry also serves as a jobs training program for some of the CCWTN’s hard-to-employ clients.

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Lauren and Lee exchanged vows and rings on Saturday, Sept. 20th, at St. Louis Catholic Church, and then, they celebrated afterward with their friends and family at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens’ Hughes Pavilion in Memphis.

More than 80 bouquets were arranged from their wedding flowers by clients of CCWTN and volunteers, and then, the arrangements were delivered to residents of Ave Maria Home.

We are so very thankful for Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and the organization’s new outreach, Bouquets of Hope! It’s certainly an answer to our prayers after seeing a need for a way to repurpose gorgeous flowers from weddings and events. And we are overjoyed to have had the opportunity to be a part of the launch of Bouquets of Hope last Monday. We’re also grateful Michael Strickland of Holliday Flowers was on hand to provide some tips on arranging flowers!

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We encourage all brides and event hosts to consider this special ministry! It truly is “Kindness in Full Bloom!” Just take a few moments to watch these videos, and you’ll see!

WATCH THE PREPARATION 

Behind the scenes of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee’s launch of Bouquets of Hope, captured so well by our friends at Forever Ready Productions, LLC:

Bouquets of Hope Preparation

 

WATCH THE DELIVERY

Grab a tissue and watch as Catholic Charities of West Tennessee’s Bouquets of Hope makes its first deliveries of bouquets to 82 residents at Ave Maria Home this past Monday. Many thanks to Forever Ready Productions, LLC for capturing these sweet smiles! 

Bouquets of Hope Delivery

Several media outlets covered the launch of Bouquets of Hope. Below are stories published by WMC-TV Action News 5, ABC 24 Local Memphis WATN and Southern Bride Magazine.

BOUQUETS OF HOPE LAUNCH ON WMC-TV ACTION NEWS 5

Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee

BOUQUETS OF HOPE LAUCH ON ABC 24 LOCAL MEMPHIS WATN

BOUQUETS OF HOPE LAUCH ON SOUTHERN BRIDE MAGAZINE

Southern Bride Magazine Bouquets of Hope

 

If you are interested in donating flowers and/or volunteering to arrange flowers, please call 901.722.4711.

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