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.
At the beginning of 2020 I set a very bold goal for Second Chance Bouquets (SCB) of delivering 2,020 arrangements in one year. This was crazy considering in 2019 we were busy delivering 1,219 arrangements. I must have been out of my mind, but I was certain we could do it.
Well, March came along, and everything ground to a halt due to COVID. How were we going to bless residents without flowers? How were we going to deliver 2,020 arrangements without flowers? I never should have doubted, because we have the best supporters and friends here at SCB, and they were going to help us fulfill our mission of delivering joy and happiness to deserving residents and patients.
We were blessed by our many community partners with support and encouragement this past year and without them we could not have delivered the sheer number of flowers we did. The family, friends, employees and owners of Sorrows Family Farm, Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel, Cutler O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home, Elissa Vilter Floral & Design, and Loess Hills Floral Studio were instrumental in allowing us to deliver flowers to deserving people in the Omaha/Council Bluffs community. Without the donations from these lovely people and the countless families who have donated their beautiful flowers this past year we would not have been able to continue our mission.
Ultimately, we did not meet our goal of delivering 2,020 arrangements. However, with our community partner’s and supporter’s floral donations we were able to deliver 1,215 arrangements -- just four arrangements shy short of our 2019 total. I am still amazed and humbled at all we accomplished in this vastly different year. Without your support, this would have been an incredibly quiet year for us and we are so very thankful.
We are looking to put 2020 behind us and press on to new heights in 2021. 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 as well as publicizing our charity. We understand that numerous organizations are appealing for your hard-earned money and we are also asking you to consider giving a generous donation to SCB. 100% of your monetary donation goes directly to creating and delivering bouquets to residents at local nursing homes, hospices houses and hospitals. All 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