Bagoy's Florist delivers bouquets of tulips to rural Alaska
For more than 20 years Bagoy's Florist has handed out free daffodils in Anchorage on the first day of spring -- but this year, owner Chanda Mines said she wanted to spread the tradition a little farther.
"My husband and I were talking the (first) night of spring and said, 'Wouldn't it be fun if we could give flowers to a Bush community, a village somewhere?' So that's how it started," Mines said.
Mines came up with the idea of a Facebook contest. Instead of spring flowers she offered Easter flowers, however, and instead of daffodils the winning community would receive hundreds of tulips. She targeted towns off the road system and got an immediate response.
"It's almost as if they were all meeting up on the Facebook page and sending pictures of their community, talking about their families, talking to each other," Mines said. "It was really fun and yes, we wanted to send flowers to everybody."
Mine's original intention was to pick a single community but in the end, the responses were so moving, she couldn't decide on just one -- and so she picked three.
The villages of Port Alsworth, Holy Cross and Ouzinkie will soon receive a total of more than a thousand flowers compliments of Bagoy's. Lake Clark Air and Island Air have agreed to deliver the flowers for free.
Mines said it's a new annual tradition she plans to continue across the state.
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