WINNIPEG — Seniors at a Winnipeg nursing home are still smiling over a sweet-smelling surprise over the holidays.
A semi-trailer filled with flowers pulled up at Holy Family Home on Christmas Eve and two delivery men began distributing them.
Receptionist Luba Micno says flowers are brought to the Ukrainian Catholic-run nursing home all the time, so the delivery was no big deal at first.
But when the men, who refused to give their names, began bringing in boxes and boxes of blooms, residents and staff realized this was more than an ordinary dropoff.
One florist estimates the cost of the delivery to be between $7,000 and $14,000.
The donor remains anonymous.
There were eight bundles of two dozen roses each, hundreds of carnations and mini roses and more than enough arrangements for each of the 276 residents and staff.
“We asked who delivered them, but they just kept naming places the flowers were grown,” Micno said.
Holy Family CEO Jean Piche said he certainly didn’t expect to find a semi full of flowers when he returned to the home after Christmas mass.
“It came as a huge surprise to all of us,” he said. “But at the same time it was a real blessing. I could just see the smiles on their faces, even those who have severe cases of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Their faces lit up.”
Sister Darleane Pelachaty said staff were so taken aback by the unexpected delivery that no one thought to press any further.
“When they came, these guys were so generous and so friendly and in such a good spirit,” she said. “They just shook hands, then said ‘Merry Christmas’ and left.”
There were enough flowers for all the residents, their families and staff.
“It really cheered everybody right up,” said resident Katherine Skotnicki.
Piche said he suspects there was a cancelled shipment that needed to go somewhere in the city where there were enough people to appreciate the large order.
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