From brides to bedsides: woman repurposes wedding flowers for sick patients

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Shawn Chamberlain knows the power of a flower. As is similarly illustrated in the video above, receiving flowers can lift your spirits and brighten your day. As a landscape designer, Chamberlain has worked on many beautiful gardens, including those at hospice care centers.

After realizing how much a flower arrangement can do for sick patients, she started Full Bloom. Chamberlain and her team of volunteers recut, rearrange and repurpose donated wedding and garden flowers for patients in nearby hospitals, hospice care, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities.



Located in the Coeur d'Alene/Spokane area of Northern Idaho, Full Bloom runs solely on donations and the goodness of others.

Kids + Service = love & perspective If you'd love to experience a little bit of joy like this, please contact me! ❤️

Posted by The Full Bloom on Monday, April 13, 2015


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From brides to bedsides: woman repurposes wedding flowers for sick patients
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 6: A marriage proposal takes place before the Opening Day game between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Monday, April 6, 2015 in Detroit, . (Photo by Rey Del Rio/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Cassandra Bersach and Juan Gallego kiss after after Bersach accepted a surprise marriage proposal from Gallego before a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Miami. Bersach had sung the national anthem. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Bobbie Burton, left, a St. Louis Cardinals fan and her husband Robert Burton, a Chicago Cubs fan hold signs announcing their marriage during the Cubs-Cardinals baseball game in St. Louis Sunday, July 11, 2004. The couple married July 3, 2004 and live in Vincennes, Ind. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)
Jeremy Patterson, left, proposes to Courtney Walsh during batting practice before the San Diego Padres play the Arizona Diamondbacks in a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Army Cpl. Eric Smith, left, proposes to his girlfriend Jamie Clynes, who said yes, before the baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, July. 25, 2007 in St. Louis. Smith deploys with his unit Saturday for a short stop in Germany then on to Iraq. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 30: David Ross #3 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with his wife Hyla after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and wife Ellen celebrate on the field after the Dodgers defeat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 22: (R) Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants and wife Amber Zito celebrate after the Giants 9-0 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers hugs his wife Rosangel on the field prior to Game Three of the Major League Baseball World Series against the San Francisco Giants at Comerica Park on October 27, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: Phil Coke #40 of the Detroit Tigers holds his baby daughter Mickenzie Lou Ann as he celebrates wife his wife Bobbie (L) on the field following the Tigers 8-1 win against the New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Misty May-Treanor hugs her husband Matt Treanor #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 02: Starting pitcher Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates with his wife Kristin after throwing a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 2, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Twins 9-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 16: Pitcher Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies and his wife Brandy pose for a photograph on December 16, 2009 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 19: Akinori Iwamura #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays and his wife Misaki celebrate with the trophy after defeating the Boston Red Sox in game seven of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on October 19, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
VERO BEACH, FL - MARCH 17: Manager Tommy Lasorda #2 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets a hug and a kiss on the cheek from Barbara Labine, the late wife of Clem Labine, before taking on the Houston Astros in a Spring Training game at Holman Stadium on March 17, 2008 in Vero Beach, Florida. Clem Labine played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1950 to 1960, he diedd March 2, 2007. The sellout is to be the final game for the Dodgers in Dodgertown before moving to Arizona next year for Spring Training. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - JUNE 28: Second baseman Craig Biggio #7 of the Houston Astros with wife Patty, daughter Quinn with sons Conor and Cavan after getting his 3,000th career hit against the Colorado Rockies in the 7th inning on June 28, 2007 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE - MAY 7: Ryan Ibbotson and his newlywed bride Elizabeth stop by the ball park on their wedding day as the Baltimore Orioles host the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 7, 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - JUNE 20: Ken Griffey Jr. #30 of the Cincinnati Reds kisses his wife Melissa after hitting his 500th career home run in the sixth inning against Matt Morris #35 of the St. Louis Cardinals on June 20, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 12: Barry Bonds (C) #25 of the San Francisco Giants, his wife Liz, daughter Aisha, and his godfather Willie Mays are seen at a media conference after Bonds hit his 660th career home run, tying Mays for third all time in home runs, against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 12, 2004 at SBC Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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