Palo Alto volunteers are aiming to make the season brighter for veterans at Palo Alto's Veterans Affairs hospice by bringing cheerful, custom-made bouquets on Saturday.
The seed for this holiday project was first planted last month on Veterans Day.
"A group of us got gifts for some hospitalized veterans, and in just two days, so many people helped, including neighbors, friends, local businesses, art students from Palo Alto High School, even some kindergarteners! And the veterans were so truly grateful," said Karen Froniewski, the owner of Nature's Alley in Midtown. "So now, this is another opportunity, at this very special time of year, to let the veterans at the hospice know that they are remembered and loved."
Steve Sutorius, the head nurse of the hospice unit, said the timing for this community project could not be better.
"We have decorated our unit, and visitors often say that the decorations make it feel more home-like, and a little less like a hospital. I know the small, individual flower arrangements will be dearly appreciated."
Volunteers and donations are welcome, organizers said. Donations are being collected through Dec. 24 at noon at Nature's Alley, 2675 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, across from CVS Pharmacy. The cost for a bouquet for each veteran is $3, with 100 percent of the donations going to help cover the cost of the flowers and vases.
Organizers say if enough people are able to donate, additional bouquets will be made for delivery to the VA hospital's Spinal Cord Injury unit in Palo Alto, as well as to two long-care VA facilities in Menlo Park.
Volunteers can also help arrange bouquets starting at noon or deliver flowers at 2 p.m.
More information is available through Karen Froniewski, 650-326-3632 or contact Carrie Manley at firstname.lastname@example.org.