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Local florist sends smiles to Columbia seniors

Local florist sends smiles to Columbia seniors

Savanda Farmer, owner of Balloons, Arches & Flowers in Northeast Columbia, prepares flowers and balloons to deliver to assisted living facilities on lockdown. Photo by Julia Rogers Hook Tucked away in a tiny shop off of Two Notch Road in Northeast Columbia is a little florist with a big heart and it is spreading good cheer in this tumultuous time of the COVID-19 virus. Savanda Farmer, owner of Balloons, Arches and Flowers, decided while so many assisted living facilities were on lockdowns and not letting families in to visit their loved ones, this would be a good time to “spread some happiness.” “A lot of our customers have family in hospitals, rehabs, and assisted living,” Farmer said. “They’ve been telling me how sad they were that they couldn’t visit, and they were worried about their family members who were ‘stuck’ in there with only phone calls for company. That’s when I thought it might be nice to send out some joy to those on the inside.” Farmer said she made some calls to the various facilities to see if she could bring in flowers and when she called The Life Care Center of Columbia, folks there said that would be great. Flower and balloon arrangements ready to put smiles on senior faces at local assisted living facilities. Photo by Julia Rogers Hook Farmer said, “I knew we couldn’t personally deliver anything but after talking with people of the facility, they said I could leave the flowers on their porch, and they would distribute them.” And so it began. The pretty little flower shop was filled with the sounds of clinking vases, snipping scissors, and balloons being blown up as Farmer and her staff began to make individual arrangements for the people inside the center. “I think every one of […]

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