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Richmond resident leads flower workshop, donates arrangements to seniors

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A Richmond resident hosted a flower arrangement workshop and donated the potted plants as gifts to local seniors this past weekend.

Jane Lee, a semi-retiree and a local florist, had set up the workshop with the help of the Neighbourhood Small Grant, which is organized by Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) and the Vancouver Foundation.

A total of 10-potted flower arrangements were created by kids and their parents, according to Lee.

Lee, who recently moved to Richmond, said the workshop was a way for her to meet her neighbours and to teach kids the basics of flower arrangement.

"I do a lot of flower work and I thought I should share this skill with kids and my neighbours since summer holidays is around the corner," said Lee.

"While (the kids) learn to make the flower arrangements, I thought they could also deliver them as gifts to the seniors in the community to brighten their day."

Each flower arrangement was delivered with a small hand-written message to a local senior who the families thought needed some "cheer."

Lee told the Richmond News she was grateful to her neighbours who showed up with tents to shield them from the rain and dressed up in a mascot with balloons for the kids during the event.

"I think it's a very meaningful thing to see the community gather together to learn and create something while thinking about each other," said Lee.

"The children will not only remember that they learned a new skill, but that they did it with their family together."

Lee is hosting three more workshops on June 24, 25 and July 16. Nominations for seniors to receive flower arrangements are being accepted.

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