Bloom Project gives back to caregivers

Human Interest

The Bloom Projects makes bouquets for hospice patients

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Bloom Project is well-known for its work to lift the spirits of people in hospice care but for Giving Back to the Givers Week — they’re lifting the spirits of the caregivers.

Hundreds of people who care for others who are terminally ill are being celebrated for their efforts.

So far this year, Bloom Project volunteers have provided more than 38,000 fresh floral bouquets to bedside hospice care facilities in the Portland area.

Sue Curry is one of those people who not only care for people at the end of their lives but also has learned something from them

“It can be hard but mostly it teaches us to live life to the fullest — every single day and honestly we see the beauty in life,” Curry said. “We get to bring a lot of this type of beauty to our patients so it’s pretty incredible.”

In October, Governor Brown signed the proclamation designating this week as the week to give back to the givers and so this week Project Bloom will put together about 400 bouquets for caregivers — the people who guide us all in our quest, not only for peace but for the understanding of our mortality.

Executive Director Kamla Hurst said giving flowers to caregivers this week is a natural extension of what they usually do.

“It’s our way of showing up for them and show them that we care about what they’re doing,” Hurst said. “And we’ve heard from so many caregivers that these flowers are a morale booster — they bring smiles to the caregivers.”

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