WBIR's Emily Stroud paid a visit to one of our dear friends and supporters John Benzinger - a retired flower farmer who now puts his green thumb toward delivering hope! Also, check out our full interview with John from last year on our Blog!
"This week, RAF Tampa Bay is going to 800 [deliveries]. They're more than doubling their efforts, because the problem is so great. More than 5.7 Americans are living with Alzheimer's right now. Admittedly, they may not remember that the flowers showed up today, but when they notice them on the bedside table, they'll remember that [...]
Many of us will celebrate the longest day of the year – the Summer Solstice on June 21st – by spending time outside with our friends and family, soaking up the sun, and reveling in the fact that we’ve made it another year around the sun while twilight slowly settles around us. But, for [...]
IN BLOOM NEWSLETTER Spring 2018 Welcome to the brand new Random Acts of Flowers e-newsletter! We're excited to have the opportunity to keep you up-to-date on goings-on in Tampa Bay on a more frequent basis, so that you can see how delivering hope is changing lives bouquet-by-bouquet, person-by-person. But, don't worry! We aren't going [...]
When did you get involved with RAF? I became involved about a year ago shortly after attending Tampa Bay's spring Derby event. What attracted you to the RAF mission? I loved the idea of recycling flowers and vases. Further, the delivery of RAF bouquets to the elderly, veterans, and other patients is an extension of [...]
When did you begin supporting RAF Tampa Bay? Working in the senior care industry, I first learned about RAF from a Better Living for Seniors meeting where Monica came to speak. After that, I would see flowers being delivered at the different facilities and hospitals I visited. Working made it difficult for me to have [...]
Just before the end of a long, frigid, lake-effect winter, Random Acts of Flowers Chicago had the opportunity to feel the warmth of summer through a very special partnership with the Joffrey Ballet. For opening night of the company's season opener (and North American premiere) Midsummer Night's Dream, Random Acts of Flowers took center stage for just [...]
If there’s ever a season punctuated by flora, it’s spring. In-bloom flowers awaken in every garden and at every grocery store. TBH, just simply looking at them functions as therapy, which is something that’s not lost on sisters Christine and Caroline Strzalka, who want to make stems an everyday part of life. This year, the [...]
Our Founder and CEO Larsen Jay recently spoke at TEDx UTK on The Healing Power of Flowers. He shared his personal experience (which led to the founding of RAF) and testimonials from recipients that truly show the difference that flowers can make in the healing process.
"The trick to keeping flowers fresh and beautiful is keeping them cool. Proper temperature control is even more important when flowers are recycled. And it can be a major challenge, particularly in the summer, where temperatures in Silicon Valley average in the 80s. 'Our workshop isn’t well ventilated,' Fairclough says. 'There aren’t any windows. During [...]