Non-profit brings hope and smiles to Windy City and surrounding communities
Chicago, Ill. – Random Acts of Flowers (RAF) hosted a press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Prentice Women’s Hospital on the campus of Northwestern Memorial Hospital to announce the launch of its branch in Chicago. Larsen Jay, RAF’s founder and CEO, Natalie Berg, RAF-Chicago’s executive director, RAF board members, volunteers and members of the media were in attendance, and the first official delivery of flowers to patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital occurred immediately following the announcement.
“This new branch gives Random Acts of Flowers an opportunity to share kindness and compassion to individuals in the Chicago area,” said Jay. “After one of our first deliveries, I remember thinking about how cool it was that we just changed someone’s life with someone else’s garbage.”
According to Jay, RAF-Chicago’s office and floral workshop is located in Evanston. The recycling “green” nonprofit organization will partner with healthcare facilities throughout the greater Chicago area and with the help of its dedicated volunteer teams, recycled and repurposed flower bouquets will be delivered to patients who would not normally receive flowers or visitors. “With our first volunteers already trained, our Chicago branch is ready to implement our unique mission of nourishing the health of the environment, individuals, and the community simply by delivering beautiful bouquets and smiles,” explains Jay.
“RAF is a one-of-a-kind organization,” said Natalie Berg, RAF-Chicago’s executive director. “Giving flowers is a universal gesture. It may be the only flowers someone receives, and if we can be the cause of a smile, we’ve done our job.”
Founded in 2008, RAF has delivered more than 58,000 bouquets and has continued to grow from its headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn. to other locations throughout the nation including Chicago, Greeneville, Tenn., Pinellas Co., Fla., and Silicon Valley, Calif.
To learn more about ways to give or how to get involved with RAF-Chicago, visit www.RAFChicago.org or call (847) 430-4751.