Hundreds of flowers donated to Casper assisted living and nursing homes

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The birds are singing, the sun is out, but the outside of Garden Square Assisted Living, is a bit out of the ordinary. A very family oriented facility, cannot let visitors in for the near future. Long term care facilities have been directed by the CDC and Gov. Gordon to lock down. For residents, not being able to see family and friends is hard.

"It's spring time and they want to sit out and they want to sit in the sun and see the flowers but we can't do that," said Garden Square Assisted Living Administrator Mercedes Ortega.

Late last week, Ortega got a phone call from the owner of Nate's Flowers.

"It instantly made me cry because the last two weeks, I've heard nothing but how everyone's taking all the toilet paper, and the paper towels and the food and someone so selfless had thought to call them and donate something that would make our residents smile," said Ortega.

By Friday evening, more than 600 arrangements of flowers had been delivered to assisted living and nursing homes in Casper.

"It was important for the person who did this, to let them know it's from their community. We're all in this together and we're gonna get through this together with a little bit of compassion and kindness and strength. We're all here for each other and that's what's wonderful about our community," said Nate's Flowers Manager Phil Monroe.

As the flowers were handed out, a feeling of hope blossomed around Garden Square.

"They talked about it all weekend, they called their families and told them. Each one, I could see the gratefulness in their eyes and in their face and it was just amazing. Whoever you are, whoever decided to do that, I will never be able to thank you but that meant more to us than anything in the world," said Ortega.

Monroe said it's important to think of those people who are not able to have visitors at this time and that we're all in this together.