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Portland volunteers bring life through the gift of flowers

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Local volunteers with The Bloom Project use their love of flowers to bring light to patients statewide.

The non-profit repurposes leftover grocery store flowers into beautiful bouquets for hospice and palliative care patients weekly. Since Heidi Berkman founded the organization in Central Oregon in 2007, her volunteers have delivered more than 150,000 arrangements to everywhere from Bend and Redmond to Madras and Christmas Valley.

The Bloom Project collects and assembles flowers at Teufel Holly Farms, but nurses and chaplains make the deliveries. They say the impact on patients and families is remarkable.

“The impact is amazing. We get to take flowers to people who are in rooms that are gray and we take in light. We take beautiful bouquets that adds beauty to their room. When you take them in, their faces just light up.  It brings joy to them,” Said Hospice Chaplain Marcia Wagner.

The organization expanded to Portland in 2014. If you know someone in hospice care, the best way to get flowers to them is to tell your hospice provider. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact the organization here: TheBloomProject.org. 

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