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Oberlin-based greenhouse company donates orchids to hospitals, police departments

Posted at 11:41 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 11:41:50-04

PARMA, Ohio — A family-owned greenhouse based in Oberlin is putting smiles on the faces of nurses and first responders across the Cleveland area with a special delivery of orchids.

Just Add Ice Orchids is donating $1 million in orchids in seven cities hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. In Northeast Ohio, orchid deliveries will be made to local hospitals, food banks, homeless shelters, nursing homes, correctional institutions and fire and police departments.

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Nurses at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center receive orchids.

News 5 photographer Bob Fenner caught up with the company delivering flowers to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

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Nurses at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center receive orchids.

Other stops throughout the day include the Strongsville Police Department, Olmsted Falls Police Department, Marion Correctional Institutions and the Grafton Correctional Institution Facilities.

"In this extraordinary time, it was important to our organization to find ways we could contribute and the answer was clear - our orchids can brighten some of the darkest days,” said Scott Giesbrecht, Co-CEO of Just Add Ice and Green Circle Growers.“And we realized our nation’s healthcare workers have been experiencing some of the darkest days of our lifetimes. If our orchids can provide a bit of joy and color for these very deserving individuals, we felt it was the least we could do during this difficult time.”

In addition to the Ohio donations, more than 50,000 orchids will be delivered to those on the frontlines in Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and Tampa.