Meals on Wheels: This longstanding project was started in December 1976 when it was brought to the attention of the club that the hot lunches delivered by the volunteers of the Meals on Wheels program would look better with a flower bouquet to brighten their trays. Chairman Johnny Duffus put club member Lee Hamilton in charge of the project, which was an enormous success. Today, three times a year – at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the MOW Committee purchases flowers, participants bring greens from their gardens, and all members come together to create over 200 small bouquets, which are then picked up by the Meals on Wheels volunteers for distribution on the holiday meal trays. It’s a big job but very well co-ordinated. Each member picks from the assortment of greens, selects their flowers, and while sitting and chatting with friends creates these lovely small bouquets.
Flowers for Care Facilities: In conjunction with the Meals on Wheels bouquets, club members also create large floral bouquets which are delivered to hospices and specialized care facilities in the city. Current recipients of the bouquets are Canuck Place, Ronald MacDonald House, Vancouver Hospice Society, Covenant House Women’s Shelter, First United Shelter, May’s Place, Powell Place Women’s Shelter, Union Gospel Mission, Cottage Hospice, Family Respite Centre, The Taylor Manor (Kettle Society) and St. John Hospice.