Simple Service: Flowers Left Along a Path

Service Project: leave flowers along a path for strangers to find

Prep time: 30 minutes to collect flowers and attach notes

Cost: $0-20, depending on source of flowers

Duration: 30 minutes

Lesson(s) learned: Simple acts of kindness can make the world a better place.

How we did it:

This might just be my favorite project yet.  Fun and rewarding.

Collect flowers.  If you're lucky enough to have flowers growing in your yard, pick some.  If you're feeling adventurous, go to a local farm for some u-pick flowers.  (If you're in the Eugene/Springfield area, Lone Pine Farm and Sparhawk Farms often have flowers but call for hours and availability).  If you're neither lucky nor adventurous, simply buy some flowers from your local florist or grocery store.  Let your kids choose the flowers.

Attach a message.  Print off the messages we used (below) or write your own.  It's helpful to include something like "take me" so people know that the flower really is for them.  Hole punch the note and attach to flowers with ribbon.

Go for a walk.  Pick a heavily used park, bike path, or trail and distribute flowers as you walk.  Let your kids choose where to leave flowers, keeping in mind that the more visible the flowers are the more quickly they will be found.

This is Anna's "Stop taking pictures and let's get moving" face.

Check back.  We left flowers on benches as we jogged on the bike path, stopped to play at a park, and then walked back to the car.  On our way back we could check to see which flowers had been found and which were still on benches.  We saw a couple at a war memorial along the path with flowers in their hands from a bench nearby.

Improvise as you go.  Anna caught the eye of an older woman and her son sitting on a bench.  Although we were generally leaving flowers on empty benches, we walked right up to the woman and asked if she would like a flower.  She smiled as we handed her a bright orange flower.  Between Anna's cute face and that flower, I know we brightened her day.

Go make someone smile today!