Almost 10 years ago my health deteriorated rapidly and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease a painful and debilitating autoimmune disease that affects your stomach. While dealing with the worst parts of this disease I spent many days, weeks, and months stuck in the hospital battling for my health – wishing I could be anywhere else.
Thankfully, with incredible support from friends and family, I recovered. Along the way I realized it was the small acts of kindness from people that kept me going. After getting healthy I was grateful to find a career as a florist that inspired me as an artist and allowed me to work with beauty and nature!
When I started my business, Stems By Meredith, I knew some aspect of it would be about giving back to people who were like me. People stuck in lonely places who are in need of community, beauty, and connection.
To do this I partnered with a local non profit called Mending Spirits that brings art and art activities to nursing homes, schools, hospitals, shelters and community centers in Philadelphia.
Through my partnership with Mending Spirits I started hosting flower arranging art activities in many of these difficult places. With flowers and supplies donated by Stems I help residents create flower arrangements that they keep. I love being able to connect with people, brighten their day with beautiful flowers, and share my art. Small acts of kindness that hopefully keep people who are in difficult places going.
Also in an effort to be kinder to the environment, cut down on waste, and share even more beauty with those who need it I repurpose flowers after they have been used at weddings and events. Stems by Meredith uses the leftover flowers and remakes them into bouquets to be donated as gifts to women at a shelter or for residents who can’t leave their rooms in nursing homes. Hopefully a small reminder that they are not forgotten.
I am so grateful to have found a way to to give back. Thank you for supporting Stems and this work that is so important to me!
Please reach out to me for more information if you are interested in donating flowers after an event or supporting these activities!