May hope bloom in this season

Handmade artwork from children can brighten the day of those in need.

In the midst of this chaotic season, our team, like many you, are left wondering what we can do to help? How can we be joy makers in this time of uncertainty?

While we work with many amazing partners to deliver bouquets of hope throughout Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Dilworth, the majority of those partners are nursing homes, memory care units and assisted living facilities — many of which have been put under strict restrictions and are no longer allowing guests or visitors.

Isolation is a difficult thing for anyone to understand, but for the elderly, who rely on visits from family and friends, it can be especially devastating.

We invite you to consider sending cards, handmade pictures and letters to residents in area centers to reiterate the message that we work hard to spread: YOU matter.

At Hope Blooms, we are evaluating the best ways to continue to be a light in our community and keep SPREADING JOY. We plan to delivery handmade bouquets to small businesses, restaurants, grocery stores and others places that are feeling the effects of social distancing. We will continue to support our community in this way until it is no longer safe to do so.

We are closely monitoring the situation and we also want to ensure volunteers that we are taking additional cleaning precautions during volunteer events, asking volunteers to wash their hands upon entry to our space, and requesting that anyone who isn’t feeling well to refrain from volunteering.

And we share these words from Jamie Tworkoski, author and founder of @To Write Love On Her Arms:

“Conversations will not be cancelled.

Relationships will not be cancelled.

Love will not be cancelled.

Songs will not be cancelled.

Reading will not be cancelled.

Self-care will not be cancelled.

Hope will not be cancelled.

May we lean into the good stuff that remains.”

Take care, and support one another in any way you can.