Employees of the Heat Transfer Warehouse Cincinnati location donated their time on March 24th to benefit Bluegrass Care Navigators, formerly known as Hospice of the Bluegrass, a support facility for seniors offering hospice care, grief counseling, transitional care, and more. The group volunteered with a program called Petals for Patients, where they provide vases and containers, and then decorate and plant flowers in them, so that they can be passed out to patients.
A group of six employees attended and were divided across various responsibilities. Marketing Coordinator Brooke Hestdalen elaborates: “Betsy New (order fulfillment specialist) presented the team with all her knowledge of flowers and planting willingly. Talon Sharpe (order fulfillment specialist) jumped right in when it came to the separation of the flower roots, and began breaking apart the roots and soil for team members. Everyone in the team helped in their own way during this charity event.”
Commenting on her experience, New says, “It gave me joy knowing the project would bring a smile to several people who could use one right now. This project was fun to do as a team and see everyone’s creativity.”
Christian Sharp, order fulfillment specialist, adds, “This was much different than any charity event we’ve done in the past, but it was probably one of my favorites so far. It felt good knowing we could give the patients something nice and let them know someone was thinking of them.”
A few of the decorated vases that Heat Transfer Warehouse employees decorated for hospice patients.
This was the first time the company has participated in a crafting event like Petals for Patients. Hestdalen tells A&E, “This program was a different avenue of charity compared to other opportunities Heat Transfer Warehouse has volunteered with … The flowers are not going to cure anyone like a ‘walk for a cause’ could possibly do in the long run – but small acts of kindness can change the feeling of people.
Looking ahead, the Cincinnati team plans to continue their involvement. “Hospice offers a few other opportunities that our team seemed interested in,” explains Hestdalen. “A fantastic way to help the hospice team out is by keeping them energized and filling treat bags with granola bars, trail mix, juice boxes, mints, and uplifting cards and messages. This seemed like a great opportunity to possibly help with next time.
“They also have a birthday program for their patients. In this case, you can create birthday cards. We thought this would be another fantastic opportunity that our team could get involved in.”