Volunteers Donate Flowers And Time

POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 7:55am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm

Petals for patients: it's all about bringing a smile to some of those who need it the most. NewsChannel 9 spent the day with one El Paso man who's making it work, and making a difference.

Ryan Reeves is spending his morning working for CIMA Hospice. He's trying to get a favor. He's not getting paid. He's a volunteer, trying to help an organization that helps others in a most unique way.

"I feel like I've been blessed in my life," said Reeves. Reeves is trying to get a local florist to donate flowers that they'd ordinarily have to throw away. The flowers are in good condition, but they can't be sold.

"Either the roses are too open or there's a petal here or there that is kind of with a dark point or something," said flower shop co-owner Pico Enriquez. Those little imperfections are sometimes hardly noticeable to the untrained eye.

Rena Peevey is a hospice patient receiving end-of-life care. She spends her days alone in this room. She used to paint, but her fingers don't work too well anymore. So a visit from Reeves, and a nice flower bouquet is truly a gift.

"I always look forward to the holidays," said Rena.

They're not just doing this for the holidays. They want to do this weekly, year round. But they need more floral shops to donate and of course, they needs more guys like Reeves to volunteer their time.

If you want to donate flowers or your time, you can contact CIMA Hospice, contact 915-778-1222 or elpaso@cimahospice.com.

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