After a Valentine's Day flower fundraiser at Wayne State University, the Epsilon Sigma Chapter had a few bundles of carnations left. Three sisters immediately began brainstorming organizations that they could donate the flowers to in order to spread the Valentine's Day cheer.
After calling different organizations to see which ones were open and could put the donation to use, it was decided to donate them to a local hospital. Rebecca, Makenna and Grace delivered them to the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation to be given to parents. The Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation collects toys, books, clothes and toiletries for families staying at the hospital.
Because of the demographics of the area, children are frequently given the first brand-new set of clothes that they've owned or what will become the only book in their house. These flowers may have been the first Valentine's Day gift for a few mothers.
"When we asked how the donations were used," said Grace Alanskas, LAMP Editor and History, "a nurse said that she saw parents walking the halls with their flowers all night. While children are in the hospital, most people don't think about the toll that it takes on the parents who stay the night with little to eat and too much worry to sleep. In many cases, what we see as leftovers can be gifts. Even with few resources, phone calls and an impromptu trip to a local organization can make a big difference."