A MESSAGE FROM EVA
In April 2017, Eva Cloward started Second Chance Bouquets as a charitable organization with the vision to serve the Omaha Metro community by delivering recycled flowers from weddings and special events to resident and patients at local nursing homes and healthcare facilities. The goal is to bring joy and happiness through re-purposed flowers and personal compassion while enriching the emotional health of the residents.
The genesis of this idea began when the florist who provided flowers for Eva’s wedding was relating a story about a wedding where she had to “throw out” 150 beautiful reception centerpieces because the bride and groom did not need nor want the flowers after their wedding. Realizing this as a waste of floral beauty, she decided to create a charity to re-purpose these “unwanted” flowers and deliver them to residents and patients at local nursing homes and healthcare facilities.
With help from her husband and family the idea took flight and Second Chance Bouquets became a reality. Eva worked with Elissa Vilter from “Floral Designs by Elissa” to encourage clients to donate their wedding flowers so that their beauty would extend beyond their special day.
In May 2017, Second Chance Bouquets received their first floral donation and plans were made to deliver to Richmont Village, a senior living facility in Bellevue. That first delivery consisted of 17 floral arrangements. Since that day Second Chance Bouquets has delivered nearly 1400 floral arrangements to residents at 15 local nursing home and senior living communities.
As you may know in 2020 we set a lofty goal of delivering 2,020 arrangements; but COVID-19 had other plans. So in 2021 we revived that goal and updated it to deliver 2,021 arrangements in 2021. As of today we have delivered 2,255 arrangements to 31 locations in and around the Omaha metro; and I still cannot believe we reached that number. We not only exceeded our goal in arrangement delivery, but we set many firsts this year. For example; we picked up flowers from three weddings on the same night three separate times this year and one night we even picked up flowers from four weddings. I have to laugh remembering that night and the scheduling and volunteers we needed to pull it off. We attended two bridal fairs this year and we spread the message and passion of SCB to as many people as possible. It has been a truly amazing year.
We have been so busy this year, being able to sit back and reflect on these past 12 months has been fun. These past four months we added a very awesome and fun volunteer, Tim. Tim was there every weekend at late hours working so hard, we are so thankful. We have so many other thanks to give: to our daughters for picking up and delivering flowers; my Mom for the many weekends she picked up flowers, even sometimes by herself; and my Dad who puts all our cards on sticks for the arrangements. We could not do what we do without all this help. We especially thank the Sorrows Family Farm for growing the most beautiful flowers and then letting me trample through their garden whenever needed to pick flowers for arrangements. To Lia, whose backyard garden flowers brought joy to so many people. To the many florists, brides and grooms, and families who contacted us to share their amazing flowers with residents… this is what we are all about, our community. We are looking forward to this coming year and the amazing goals we will exceed and the residents we will bless.
As with many other charities this time of year, we also need your financial support to help make 2022 another banner year for SCB. Producing our beautiful bouquets takes not only flowers and vases but also requires other supplies to aid in the preparation and delivery of our floral arrangements. If you head to our DONATE page, your generous donation will be used to bring joy and happiness to many Omaha area people; plus 100% of your monetary donation goes directly to creating and delivering our bouquets and donations to Second Chance Bouquets are tax deductible
We could not do what we do without YOU; your support, encouragement, and generosity keep us going and confirm that we are doing something great for the community.
Compassion – All of God’s children are valuable no matter their condition in life and are deserving of our kindness
Commitment – we are dedicated to our community and its citizens and strive to make it the best place to live and work
Fulfillment – enriching the lives of our fellow man drives our passion to serve others in our community
Responsibility – recycling flowers protects the environment and saves landfill space by extending the joy of previously-enjoyed flowers