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Plans Made to Form
D. C. Unit of 'Flowers For the Flowerless' Director Outlines Idea Of Sending Blooms to Institutions, Hospitals Flowers for the Flowerless, a Phil adelphia organization with the un usual assignment of giving away blossoms to poor patients of hospi tals and other Institutions, was In troduced to Washington yesterday, and plans were under way for the formation of a unit here. * A group of men a..d women active tn social welfare and Church circles here heard Commissioner Guy Ma aon give the city heads’ approval of the project during the course of a luncheon meeting in the Kennedy Warren Apartments. Flowers are “what shut-ins really Reed,” said the Commissioner, “artd If one little flower will give some person happiness, then the idea is assured of success.” Formed 15 Years Ago. Mrs. Ruth Strawbridge. director of Flowers for the Flowerless, which last year distributed more than 40, 000 baskets of blososms to prisons, j hospitals and homes for the aged ! •nd blind, told of the group's i formation 15 years ago as a result of the interest in cast-off flowers ahown by children in the Philadel- j phia slum district. <| A few women started a small or- j ganization for the collection of flow ers grown in suburban gardens. In terest grew and by 1937 Flowers for the Flowerless was chartered as a non-profit association, Mrs. Straw bridge said. Collected at a central location in Philadelphia, the flowers are dis tributed by volunteer workers whose numbers have ranged as high as 4,000. she said. “Our organization has never pur chased a single flower,” she asserted. They come not only from amateur growers within a 60-mlle radius of the city but from a large number of wholesale dealers in cut flowers, Mrs. Strawbridge explained. The latter are flowers which were for merly discarded because they were short stemmed or had some slight imperfection. 8he suggested the formation at first of a small group to handle the 1 distribution of flowers here and that j it could be enlarged as the idea' caught on. A central receiving booth also was essential, she said. The group named former Senator W. E. Jamieson as temporary presi dent of the Washington unit, and decided to hold another meeting soon to elect officers and establish committees. Mr. Jamieson credited the begin ning of the idea here to Edwin D. Sampson, an investment broker, who was among the guests. Others in cluded Rabbi Norman Gerstenfeld and Dr. Worth M. Tippy, executive secretary of the Washington Fed eration of Churches. Mrs. William D. Crowell was chairman of the committee arrang ing yesterday’s meeting. 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