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Who knew day-old flowers could bring so much happiness

January 11, 2016

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Seven days a week Gigi and Pop Pop drive around delivering happiness in the form of donated flowers. Trader Joe’s donates them after they’re no longer sellable, giving the couple an opportunity to brighten strangers’ days.

Heather Crawford, First Coast News – JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Sometimes it’s an unexpected random act of kindness that can have a profound impact. You might expect to get flowers on your birthday or your anniversary, but what if you got a beautiful bouquet from a stranger — just because?

Seven days a week you can find Pop Pop, 80 years young, handing out a car full of gorgeous flowers with his wife of 60 years, GiGi. The Jacksonville Beach couple asked that we refer to them as their 11 grandchildren do, Pop Pop and GiGi.

“She’s a year younger so she has strength to get in and out of car. I drive there and she takes them there and gets all hugs and accolades and they will ask what’s his name out in the truck,” said Pop Pop.

“It’s nice to meet other people. That’s what I have enjoyed about it,” said GiGi.

From tulips to roses to orchids, they pick up the flowers donated by Trader Joe’s each morning, and then spend several hours giving them away in the Beaches area.

“I think it speaks for itself. It brings an unexpected joy to the people we see. We give them for no specific reason which makes it even more important,” said Pop Pop.

First Coast News tagged along with them and their grandson, Luke, as they spread cheer. Their first stop was a Jacksonville Beach senior center.

“How we decided where to go with them was interesting; it was just some hand was guiding us. We just started with nursing homes, Alzheimer’s centers, all the public schools — 10 of them — police stations, crossing guards, strangers,” explained Pop Pop.

They have 35 regular stops. The special delivery is something Tommy Curtis now looks forward to every week.

“These are pretty flowers. They are gorgeous. I have a vase. I put them inside. They brighten up our day,” said Curtis.

One of the last stops of the day is at Joy Martin’s home.

“She was referred to us, as a lot of people are, by a friend of ours, who is a friend of hers. She had extraordinary brain surgery,” said Pop Pop. “Just bringing her flowers weekly would be a pick-me-up.”

From the second she opens open her door, you can see just how much it means to Joy.

“It is a gift that God has given them, which shares love to so many. So many people are touched who may never get a smile or a ‘Good morning, how are you,’ and these flowers say it for them,” said Martin.

Pop Pop says it’s all about giving, and not only something easy, but something that takes your time.

“Just take a few minutes in your day and look around and see everybody needs something, and you are the one to provide it,” he said. “And if you don’t, who will?”

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