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200 Bouquets Bring Hundreds Of Smiles

October 11, 2017 07:16 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - It was a pretty typical midweek noon hour in downtown Austin … traffic rolling by on North Main Street, people leaving the stores and the shops and offices, stepping out for a bite to eat. And then the day got a little bit brighter.

"This is for you and this is for you to give away," Vicki Trimble said, approaching a stranger in downtown Austin with two bouquets of flowers.

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"We have 200 bouquets we're going to be handing out,” Vicki Trimble told us before hitting the street. “And  we'll give everybody two one for you and one to give away."

It's a campaign started a year ago by the Society of American Florists called "Petal It Forward."

"Some nice lady came in and gave me flowers, one for me and one to pass along,” Carolyn Selk told us. “I've never seen anything like that. I thought it was very sweet.”

Carolyn Selk is a suburb of Chicago, she and her mother were on their way to a wedding in South Dakota and made a detour through Austin when they saw a sign for the SPAM Museum.

We asked her if people ever randomly approached other people and offered them flowers.

“Never!” she said with a laugh.

"It's not necessarily the idea of the flowers themselves,” said Vicki Trimble, owner of the Hardy Geranium floral and gift shop in Austin. “It's the idea that someone gave you something just because."


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