Donate Your Event Flowers!

Your flowers are a glorious addition to your event, and Random Acts of Flowers (RAF) is grateful to you for considering paying them forward after the flowers have served their important purpose. People in our community who are struggling with injury, illness, or loneliness will surely appreciate your decision to share the beauty of your flowers with them.

For a nominal financial donation, RAF will work with you to ensure that your special flowers are repurposed and delivered to a patient in a nearby hospital or nursing home. To begin the process of delivering hope and healing through your flowers, please complete RAF’s event inquiry form* and a member of our team will be in touch to help guide you through the next steps –

FLORAL DONATION INQUIRY FORM

* PLEASE NOTE – RAF receives many requests and unfortunately cannot accommodate all. Completing the inquiry form does not guarantee that we will be able to pick-up your flowers, but we will do our best!

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

  • RAF will work with you to finalize pick up details, which includes the completion of our floral donation and agreement forms that must be finalized no less than two weeks prior to pick up.
  • RAF will pick up flowers from the venue or florist at the designated time following the event.
  • RAF volunteers will deconstruct all arrangements, composting any unusable stems and disposing of ribbons, pins, foam, etc. in the most eco-friendly way.
  • Repurposed bouquets will be hand-delivered to patients in an area healthcare facility within 48 hours.

When you contribute your event flowers to Random Acts of Flowers,
you receive the following benefits:

  • Optional table tents to inform guests of your donation (print and/or digital file)
  • Listing of the host/organization/happy couple on recipient delivery cards and in RAF’s workshop
  • A photo of the repurposed bouquets and souvenir RAF delivery card
  • Tax-deductible receipts for both the in-kind floral and financial donations

Thank you for delivering hope and encouragement in our community!

How Does RAF Work?

RAF is proud and honored to repurpose wedding/event flowers for people in area healthcare facilities. Once the flowers are brought back to RAF’s workshop, volunteers disassemble arrangements, give all flowers a fresh cut and fresh water. A second group of volunteers use the flowers to create new bouquets, which are then hand-delivered to a person in a healthcare facility by a third volunteer group. This whole process takes 24 hours!
Floral donations can be dropped off to RAF Chicago Mondays-Fridays, from 9am-5pm. If needed, RAF is generally able to pick up floral donations within a 30 minute radius of our facility in Evanston. If a weekend pick up is required, a volunteer may be available, although typically we would prefer to pick up from either the venue or the florist on Monday morning. RAF would love to accept vase/container donations, but if the vases/containers need to be returned we may be able to drop off floral buckets before the event.
For planning and scheduling purposes, please coordinate a wedding/event floral donation with RAF at least two weeks before the event.
Yes. Following the event, RAF will issue a donation acknowledgement letter that will provide the date of donation and RAF’s tax exempt letter for your records.

 

If you would like to move forward with donating your flowers to RAF to be repurposed into new bouquets, please complete the below inquiry form. An RAF representative will follow up to discuss next steps and further details.

If you are a florist, wholesaler, or grocery store interested in becoming a floral partner, please contact us directly –

847.430.4751
Contact@RAFChicago.org