Random Acts of Flowers partnered with Alzheimer's Tennessee to repurpose the flowers from the Pat Summitt "Celebration of Life." Volunteers picked up the flowers from Thompson-Boling Arena, deconstructed the arrangements and created 372 bouquets that were delivered to Alzheimer’s and memory care patients in East Tennessee.
Executive Director for Random Acts of Flowers Knoxville branch, Jennifer Sheehan, says it is a great opportunity to brighten the day of someone else.
"We are humbled and honored that we are able to take her flowers and mix them with other flowers to create some beautiful bouquets that will serve close to 300 folks," Sheehan says.
Sheehan's father went through Alzheimer's and she says many of his friends were not sure how to act around him, creating a lonely time for their family.
"For those who receive flowers," Sheehan says, "even if they don't understand quite the meaning of it, for their caregivers and their family, for them they realize they haven't been forgotten. This disease robs you of your dignity, it robs you of your friends and family. So I hope they realize that they live in a community that cares about them and wants to be apart of their treatment."