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     Happy New Year to all!  A new year brings much anticipation and hope. As we continue our mission here at Flower Angels USA, we look forward to what awaits us in 2016.  We will be on the move in more ways than one.  A new workshop location is first and foremost. With our new van, new volunteers, and new workspace(hopefully), our ability to expand our mission brightens.  By spreading a "whole lotta love" we will continue to reach out to those who need it most. With eagerness, we begin this new year.

IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL   
By Deb Brown
Rick O.--former student

      Imagine my surprise when this message appeared on my phone. It was from a friend of mine with whom I had worked in Connecticut prior to my retirement from teaching.  Her son, a former student of mine, was holding our calendar.  He had it turned to the month of November!  That was the month I appeared in.  Here is the follow up message that transpired:

     Nice way to end this holiday season and begin a new year!  And, it goes to show you that you never know who is impacted by what we do!


     After a series of ups and downs, back and forth, and everything in between, the latest is that Flower Angels USA will not be moving quite yet.  Our hope was to be in a new location before month's end; however, that is not possible at this point. We are not discouraged because we know that something wonderful will come in time.  Meanwhile, anyone who knows of a possible new location should please feel free to contact Suzanne Carter.  Stay tuned..........


THANKS,
( The article below was recently published in their newsletter.)
  
FLOWER ANGELS
 BY CAROL RYAN
  
      Not everything created in America is 'for profit'.  Some projects Americans get involved in are created just because they reflect kindness and thoughtfulness. Many ideas have come of age just in the nick of time. For example, Flower Angels on wonderful Cape Cod is reaching out to bring joy to the lives of senior citizens living in retirement facilities around the Cape. Flowers are donated by Trader Joes and Shaws to name only two stores. Arrangements and delivery are accomplished by die hard volunteers who love the idea of giving back and remembering our senior population.You will see their colorful van tooling around the neighborhood. The money for the van came from local contributors. If you visit their web site, www.flowerangelsusa.org you will get all the details and have an opportunity to get involved. Their video describes the reception these volunteers get as they visit these sometimes forgotten people.


DECEMBER MOMENTS!
December was a busy and festive month for us!  Before breaking for the Christmas, we enjoyed celebrating with our friends from Cape Abilities and Community Connections who are vital to our mission. 
Quite the spread
Suzanne Carter

Gifts for our guests from Cape Abilities and Community Connections were  made by workshop volunteers.

Flowers made by workshop volunteers
Messages in gold








Volunteer extraordinaire, Irene, celebrated her 91st birthday with us on December 28th. She is one very special Flower Angel.

A SPECIAL VOLUNTEER:  SAM LABOSSIERE
     Sam Labossiere, a Dennis native and graduate of DYHS, is a vital part of Flower Angels.  His mother is the owner of Cranberries Harvest and Sam is one of three children. Sam thoroughly enjoys working with people with disabilities, helping them succeed in their work environment.   Before working with Community Connections as a job coach, Sam worked in a group home setting. At Flower Angels, Sam works with both Mara and Mike  encouraging them to do their best to work independently.    Although not his job, Sam contributes eagerly to the work of Flower Angels by helping pack containers full of bouquets and then loading them into the van in preparation for delivery. Sam also accompanies Mara to the nursing homes to distribute the arrangements.  Down the road, twenty-three year old Sam hopes to go into nursing as a way to continue assisting others.  In his free time, Sam plays in a jazz band.  He also enjoys a good game of poker, eating sushi, or walking on the beach.    With his pleasant and caring ways, Sam has become a genuine asset to Flowers Angels. Thanks, Sam, for all you do!


A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO:
*Megan (picking up Monday's blooms)

*Our three college volunteers who helped out on December 28th!  It was the last workshop of 2015; we loved having them.   
2015 Barnstable High School graduates
Olivia Brodt- Babson College
Michael McDonough - St. Leo College
Maggie Murphy-American University
THANKS for helping out!

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TO DATE:  FLOWER ANGELS USA
HAS DELIVERED 12,800 BOUQUETS!
PRETTY AMAZING!



AMAZON SMILE.  YOU SHOP. THEY GIVE!
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WELCOME, 2016


     We all make resolutions to begin a new year, and that is a good thing.  It gives all of us an opportunity to reflect, refocus, and redirect our lives.  If you are considering community service and wish to volunteer, Flower Angels might be just the organization you are looking for.  All you need is a willing heart and helpful hands.  There is room for YOU! and YOU! and YOU!  

  Suzanne Carter
  Flower Angels USA
  P.O. Box 14
  West Dennis, MA 02670

  Volume 1, Issue 6

 Editors:  Debra Brown, Deborah O'Connor
 Contributor: Kathleen Tosiello



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