South Metro

A nice Mother's Day surprise in Centennial


Synergy HomeCare of Denver donated flowers to be delivered by Daisy Girl Scouts Troop 3933 and Boy Scouts from Troop 461 on May 8 at Orchard Park Health Care in Centennial.

Children ages 5 to 8 went room-to-room hand-delivering colorful carnations to residents for Mother's Day. Patients had just wrapped up lunch and were surprised by the cheerful greeting, as the event was called "Mother's Day Surprise."

Synergy representative Kim Paul said the thought of seniors not having family with them for the holiday made her think of the idea. She teamed up with Orchard Park activities assistant Karen Faust to organize the event and it was a success, both said.

"We want to make sure our local moms aren't forgotten this year," Paul said.

In a release about the event, Paul wrote "A health and retirement study found that loneliness and isolation can increase depression, stress and raise blood pressure and lead to premature death."

Troops were elated to see welcoming faces as they entered rooms. One resident, Mary Claire Alkford, who was sitting near her window when she was given her carnation, had fun trying to guess the ages of some of the Girls Scout members. Troop members even prepared songs to sing before their delivery and practiced saying "Happy Mother's Day" in their "quiet voices."


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