On Tuesday, Random Acts of Flowers will make its 20,000th delivery. The occasion will be marked with a photo opportunity at Parkwest Medical Center. Volunteers from the charity “collect flowers from weddings, memorial services, florists, special events, grocery stores and churches.” They then “recycle and re-purpose them into beautiful bouquets for delivery to patients in area hospitals, nursing homes and hospice care centers.”
Random Acts of Flowers was started by film and television producer Larsen Jay. He was injured in a fall and received an overabundance of flowers from friends while some of the other patients in the same hospital received none. I’ve known Larsen since I first moved to Tennessee and had opportunity to meet him on the set of “Warehouse Warriors.” He later used my house as a location for an episode of “Ed the Plumber.”
Larsen and his wife have gotten deeply involved in the community. I’ve interviewed him about his role as chairman of the Bijou Theatre’s jubilee and about a movie he filmed locally, “That Evening Sun.” I recently interviewed him again, this time about Random Acts of Flowers. The show is available as a podcast at the link below.