Flower power

Cody and Sydney Eldridge dressed in their wedding clothes a couple of days after their wedding and delivered flowers to residents of a local nursing home.

Cody and Sydney Eldridge put on their wedding clothes again and surprised nursing home residents with floral arrangements after their wedding.

The Thorntown couple were married Sept. 14 and spent the 15th alone together.

But they arose the next day to dismantle Sydney’s bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, and centerpieces.

The pair combined the salvaged sunflowers and cotton bolls with leftover wedding decorations in Mason jar vases, put on their wedding clothes, and went visiting.

“We stopped in their rooms and visited for a few minutes and asked if they wanted some flowers,” Cody said.

Cody, an EMT, is fond of the residents he’s come to know while transporting them to medical appointments through is job with Boone County EMS.

“She wore her wedding dress, and I put on the grooms’ outfit,” he said. “I think she wanted another use out of the dress, and she thought some of the residents would like to see us dressed up like that.”

Sydney was right.

“When a resident gets a visit, especially from a lady in a wedding gown, it uplifts them,” Ashley Spingley, Homewood activities director, said. “They enjoyed seeing her in her wedding gown. It’s amazing what flowers can do for a resident, just to be able to look at them.”

Flowers boost morale, especially among those who don’t leave their rooms, Spingley said.

“We thought it would be a good destination so they could get use out of the flowers, because they were just going to wilt away at our house,” Cody said.

Kroger and funeral homes also donate flowers to Homewood, Spingley said. Sydney happened onto the idea of donating her flowers online, Cody said.

Anyone who wants to deliver flowers to Homewood may do so without an appointment. “Just bring them in, and we’ll share them with the residents,” Spingley said. “The residents know anytime flowers are in the activity room, they are welcome to them.”

A variety of vases is also available for their use in the nursing home on N. Lebanon Street in Lebanon.

Random Acts of Flowers, https://randomactsofflowers.org/, and other organizations give tips on how and where to donate flowers. Pinterest.com also has ideas for repurposing flowers and wedding dresses for charity.

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