With Valentine's Day right around the corner, love is in the air and flowers and chocolates are in the supermarkets.
Unfortunately, this year's season of love is being obscured by the rising cases of Covid-19 in Singapore, which has caused many frontline staff to have to put in extra hours at work while also facing discrimination outside of work.
A local social initiative is working to pass on the love to those at the frontlines of the situation by collecting Valentine's bouquets to repurpose and give to those integral individuals.
Collecting flowers to repurpose
Refresh Flowers SG (RFSG) is a volunteer-run ground-up initiative founded in 2016 that repurposes donated wedding flowers to donate to hospice and palliative care homes.
Here's a picture of RFSG volunteers repurposing bouquets for patients and nurses at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in July 2019:
And here was the final product, of which they made almost 100 - a petite bouquet:
"Amidst all the uncertainty, we could all show a little more support and love. Share and contribute with us ???", they wrote.
For those interested in contributing to the cause, the collection time will be Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10am to 12pm.
The drop-off point is located at The Red Box Somerset.
According to an FAQ posted by RFSG, only fresh flowers in good condition and without withering petals will be accepted.
People can also feel free to donate single stalks of flowers, as long as they are fresh.
Florists who are interested in contributing bulk donations can do so by contacting them at [email protected]
RFSG told Mothership that donated flowers would be made into bouquets by their core team of volunteers and donated to Tan Tock Seng Hospital later that day.