Lonni Schmeckenbecker of Monzi’s is getting ready to brighten a lot of folks day with flower arrangements sent to area seniors and workers.

Seven months ago, Monzie’s Floral Design owner, Monica LaBar-Hughes, had an idea to share arrangements of flowers to local nursing homes as they faced the COVID-19 crisis.

However, with the growing cases of the virus, the state shut down and forced LaBar-Hughes’ vision to be put aside.

Fast forward to the present and recent post from a nursing home staff member has resurged the seven-month-old plan. “I saw an employee post asking people to send cards, or children’s artwork, or anything for the residents of these nursing homes,” said LaBar-Hughes. “I saw that post and just thought that I have to do this.”

Monzie’s Floral Design went to work, posting its plan on its Facebook page to “turn The Gardens into a garden” and asked for sponsors for flower arrangements to be sent to residents. Expecting to see a few donations, LaBar-Hughes was prepared to cover this as community service, but donations for the arrangements started pouring in.

“There have been people donating enough for four pieces, even 10-20 pieces,” LaBar-Hughes said. “Our post had over 100 shares within hours of putting it up. The community is just really doing their part.”

A total of 145 residents are to receive flower arrangements between The Gardens, Tunkhannock United Methodist Manor and Ann’s Grove. With such a high response rate, any overage of donations will be given to nurses and staff members working at these facilities.

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