Spreading goodwill, rose by rose

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Julie Wallace will be giving a dozen roses to each person who comes to Keizer Florist on Patriot Day (Sept. 11) while supplies last, with the idea to give 11 of those roses to other people. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Julie Wallace will be giving a dozen roses to each person who comes to Keizer Florist on Patriot Day (Sept. 11) while supplies last, with the idea to give 11 of those roses to other people. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Julie Wallace isn’t normally in the business of giving away roses.

But the owner of Keizer Florist at 631 Chemawa Road NE hopes to do just that on Sept. 11, also known as Patriot Day in honor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001.

So why does Wallace hope people come in for free flowers?

The answer is simple: this year Patriot Day is the same day as FTD’s Good Neighbor Day. The national flower distributor started the flower giveaway in 1994 in hopes of “helping create a friendlier, more caring and compassionate world with flowers,” according to the FTD website.

Wallace, who previously started a local Boy Scout troop, jumped at the opportunity once the days lined up.

“I’m a very patriotic person,” Wallace said. “All of the great things in our country are based on heroes. There are all kinds of volunteers, like military, emergency services personnel, teachers, volunteer sports coaches, etc. That’s what makes this country so great.”

The premise behind Good Neighbor Day is simple.

“Everyone who comes in that day gets a dozen free roses,” Wallace said. “You keep one, then commit to give the others to 11 different individuals. We will also have a barrel out for donations. People can give the roses to anyone they want. The idea is to spread goodwill and friendship.”


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