New Year. New Location. Same Meaning.
Although some things looked a little different this year, the laughs and smiles spread throughout the Gloucester County Premium Outlets in Blackwood, NJ brought a very familiar feel to the day. When our planning had started a few months ago, we knew that Petal It Forward was needed now more than ever. We just weren’t sure what obstacles we would face with the COVID-19 pandemic still lingering. We made sure to take all the proper precautions, by wearing personalized P.I.F. face masks and brought hand sanitizer to make sure we kept the tradition alive…of spreading happiness, one bouquet at a time!
It was incredible to see how a simple act of giving away free flowers turned an ordinary day into something special for so many people. Some were sharing stories of how they will give their second bouquet to a family member in the hospital, or a friend who was in need of a lift, or simply taking a few steps away from us and passing their bouquet to a stranger. This event is always one to look forward to for so many reasons, and these pictures will show just that!
The Kaiser Family Foundation released a tracking poll in July 2020 showing that most American adults — 53 percent — believe that the pandemic is taking a toll on their mental health! It is proven through science that flowers reduce stress/anxiety and make people happy. A special thank you to the Society of American Florists for creating such an impactful event, and truly showing the power that flowers have on others.