SALINA — Four-year-old Addison Spencer was all smiles Wednesday morning as she left Pettle’s Flowers wearing a pink ballerina outfit and with a dozen pink roses in her hand.
“Pink is my favorite color,” she said to her aunt Haley Holub, as her smile grew wider.
Spencer was one of hundreds who took advantage of the fifth annual Pettle’s Flowers Make Someone Smile or Pettle It Forward Day.
Each year the florist shop gives away a variety of colorful roses in hopes of “spreading good will and smiles throughout the community,” said Deb Schmid, who owns the shop with Rhonda Nolte.
The shop had 1,250 dozen roses, or 15,000 individual flowers, at 7 a.m. By 2 p.m. 1,200 dozen already had been given away.
“We believe in random acts of kindness,” Schmid said. “The idea is for everyone to take one rose for themselves and give the other 11 away to their neighbors, friends or anyone they know. It’s about spreading joy.”
Helping the shelter
About half a dozen volunteers helped during the event, grouping roses into dozens, greeting customers and handing out roses.
People who stopped in also could help the Salina Animal Shelter by purchasing an additional dozen roses or simply giving a donation.
Nala, a boxer and German shepherd ready to be adopted from the Salina Animal Shelter, was at the shop.
Hayley Morrical, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina, said that by 11 a.m. her entire staff already had gotten roses.
Morrical had intended to give a rose to each member of her staff.
“Flowers are such a great thing to receive that so many people don’t get frequently,” she said. “It’s a gift that shows thanks and appreciation.”
For Beverly Cole, of Salina, the flowers were an unexpected gift just days after she and her husband, Dale Cole, celebrated their 52nd anniversary.
“I’m going to pass the joy forward to my neighbors, the teenager who lives behind me and some friends who me and Dale see every Wednesday night,” she said.
Aracely Nieto planned to give all of her roses to her sister Christina Nieto.
“It’s her birthday tomorrow,” she said. “We are really close so I’m excited to be able to give her some nice roses. It means a lot to me to make her happy on her birthday.”