LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Despite the fear and feeling of uncertainty many of us are experiencing during this pandemic, Blossom Cleveland owner Megan Robinson is helping uplift others and her community one bouquet at a time.
Like many small businesses, Blossom Cleveland has closed because of COVID-19. Robinson was forced to cancel orders for canceled events scheduled through April, but the flowers she has left in stock aren’t going to waste.
“I feel like flowers are important,” she said. “It seems like a little thing to a lot of people but it’s not. They bring joy no matter what.”
As COVID-19 forces more people to stay home, Robinson came up with the idea to arrange and deliver flower bouquets to those who have been impacted by the virus.
“Most of the people are either nurses, they’re pregnant and they can’t leave the house. We do have some people that were quarantined that we’ve delivered to,” she explained. “People whose weddings were canceled so we have photographers and friends reaching out saying 'Hey we had to cancel this wedding what can we do to bring joy right now?'”
Robinson has been accepting delivery and curbside pickup requests free of charge.
“We wear gloves and sanitize and Lysol and go crazy and we don’t enter the houses. We just knock on the door and run,” Robinson said laughing. “We’re delivering something that brings joy and I can see it from a far so even though I want to give them a hug it’s doing something different but still feels good.”
Lakewood resident and teacher McKibben Noel said gestures like these are needed.
“I received flowers and then I sent flowers and then my friend sent flowers and it just kind of spread everywhere,” Noel said. “It’s the sweetest and cutest thing.”
Noel submitted a delivery request for her friend.
“We have a friend that lives all the way out in Elyria. She’s really isolated she doesn’t have anyone out there by her,” Noel said. “So I volunteered to drive since the delivery range was smaller so we had them delivered here and then I’m going to take them out there to her and try to brighten her day.”
Whether it's roses or tulips, Robinson hopes each flower helps brighten someone’s day as the pandemic looms over the state.
“We’re hoping to continue to do it, not knowing what’s going to happen in the news next, but as long as we can we will.”
If you would like to submit a request or make a donation to help Robinson pay it forward, email firstname.lastname@example.org.