Hope is the thing with feathers, or in this case, petals

I have been wanting to write about this event for a while now, but I’ve been waiting for Glory Tree Flowers hope for Aurora Stolen Colon Ostomy blog Stephanie Hughes Reagan Reynoldsthe pictures to come in and also to let Glory Tree Flowers write their own post first (which you can read here.)

I told you about the “Hope for Aurora” event in a post that I wrote last month. Well it was amazing! Let me tell you a little about what prompted the event.

My best friend Reagan started Glory Tree Flowers, where she hand makes hair flowers and other accessories. Her goal has always been just to celebrate the beauty in the Glory Tree Flowers hope for Aurora Stolen Colon Ostomy blog Stephanie Hughes Reagan Reynoldsworld. When she heard about the Aurora, Colorado shooting, she was moved to do something. She wanted to send the families of each of the victims a box full of handmade flowers and notes to remind them, not only of the good left in the world, but also that there are people even thousands of miles away who are standing with them.Glory Tree Flowers hope for Aurora Stolen Colon Ostomy blog Stephanie Hughes Reagan Reynolds

And that’s how the idea for “Hope for Aurora” began. Glory Tree was set up at Sola Coffee in Raleigh, where we had a table full of beautiful fabrics and buttons and beads. Glory Tree Flowers hope for Aurora Stolen Colon Ostomy blog Stephanie Hughes Reagan ReynoldsEach person could walk through and pick out whatever patterns they wanted and put together a flower that would represent them. We sewed the flowers together and they could move onto the next room and each write a personal note or encouraging statement to one of the families. Finally, there were boxes at the end of the room that had short bios of each victim. Each person who came through the line could pick a box to place their flower in.Glory Tree Flowers hope for Aurora Stolen Colon Ostomy blog Stephanie Hughes Reagan Reynolds

It was amazing by the end of the night what beautiful pieces had been put together and were flowing out of each box. It was such a great experience to be able to talk with each person who came through the line and hear some of their stories. I felt this was a really beautiful way to bring a community together and send some encouragement to those in need. I am proud to have been a part of a wonderful event such as this.

A shout out to Anna Aycock for the beautiful pictures!

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