It was purely coincidence that the trays of brightly colored floral arrangements rolled into the lobby of the Heights of Tyler during an afternoon Bible study – three days before Easter.
Amidst the singing of hymns and a hopeful Bible study message, Gloria Washington, founder and executive director of Heart for Hearts, and Pat Self, a volunteer with the organization, began passing out the flowers to residents in the room.
Many of the residents smiled and hugged them, while some even shed tears. Mary Patterson, resident at the Heights, said she once had a garden and that receiving flowers made her feel happy.
Mrs. Washington said she only recently started the Heart for Hearts program -which operates under the nonprofit Empowerment Ministries – and hopes the ministry continues to grow. She has been encouraged by the reactions of those who receive the flowers, such as Wanda Snow, a resident at the Heights.
“It makes we want to cry they’re so beautiful,” Ms. Snow said.
HOW TO HELP:
To learn more information about how to donate to Heart for Hearts, contact the program’s Executive Director Gloria Washington at 903-283-6089 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.