‘Petal It Forward’ brings smiles to faces in GR, Holland

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Volunteers hit the streets of Grand Rapids and Holland Wednesday to hand out flowers to busy commuters.

Eastern Floral, Society of American Florists and Mental Health Foundation teamed up to brighten someone’s day as part of the “Petal It Forward” program. They joined more than 200 florists across the United States in the random acts of kindness event, according to an Eastern Floral news release.

Volunteers including members of 24 Hour News 8’s Daybreak team handed out bouquets from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Grand Rapids and Holland. Each person was handed two bouquets — one to keep and one to share with a stranger.

Organizers say the Petal It Forward program was created in response to data showing the emotional benefits of flowers. In the survey by the Society of American Florists, 76 percent of Americans said flowers in their home or office improved their mood.

The survey also found 88 percent of Americans reported feeling happy when giving flowers, while 80 percent said they were happy receiving flowers.

Approximately 1,400 bouquets were handed out nationwide Wednesday.