Giving back to our community is a central value we hold as a small, family owned and operated business. You can read more about our Operation Spread Aloha initiative here; but essentially, a portion of our flower crops are donated every month to various schools, organizations, non-profits, and individuals for all sorts of reasons. We believe that giving back is necessary at all times, and during this time of the Corona Virus Pandemic is no different.
We don’t just rely on inquiries for donations as it’s always easy to find individuals and groups to give to on our own. However, with schools closed and so many events and fundraisers already cancelled, we are getting less inquiries for donations. So instead of being sought out, we are doing the seeking. We are identifying the caretakers, the givers, and the most vulnerable in our communities right now and doing what we can to Spread Aloha to them through the joy of our flowers. We wish we could cover the world in flowers and Aloha Spirit ourselves, but we will do what we can and hope you are also finding ways to Spread Aloha to your community. We have seen some wonderful expressions of Aloha during this time:
- Individuals choosing to support local farmers, restaurants, and local businesses through CSA box subscriptions, curbside pick-up and take out services, online shops, and gift card purchases
- Neighbors sharing food and supplies with each other
- Individuals leaving encouraging messages on sidewalks with chalk for those who may walk by next
- Hotels redistributing their food and toiletry inventories to employees who have temporarily lost their jobs
- Businesses partnering to design and sew face masks or make hand sanitizer to meet growing demand and address local and national shortages
We are offering a “Bouquets for Days” Gift Box special right now. Though any of our offerings could be used to spread Aloha to yourself and others, the thought behind this particular box is to inspire you to see all the different possibilities for spreading Aloha through flowers! When you make the bouquets from the assorted flowers and greens, it can be
- as a healing activity to do within your household during shelter-in-place mandates
- as an act of self-care and emotional wellness
- as an act of kindness by leaving on doorsteps of neighbors
- as an act of gratitude to workers at essential businesses such as the post office and grocery store
- as a act of encouragement, you could send directly to a hospital ward or assisted living facility
Whether it’s through sending flowers or other acts of kindness, big and small, please let us know how you’re spreading Aloha and caring for yourselves and communities and tag us with #operationspreadaloha. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @anuheaflowers to see who we are recognizing and giving some extra love to during this time.
Today, we safely harvested, packaged, and delivered hundreds of flowers to the residents and staff of Hale Makua here on Maui. Our beloved Kupuna are some of the most vulnerable in our population right now, and also the most isolated as they are no longer allowed visitors and non-medical staff (clergy, social workers, therapists) in order to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19. While it’s for their protection, it’s also torture not being able to see their loved ones and get spiritual and emotional support. We honor their medical caretakers and staff so much and send them strength during this difficult time as well.