When the Seguin Public Library opened it’s doors Wednesday morning Bianca Avalos and Miranda Rodriguez from Dietz Flower Shop made their way in with two goals in mind — to spread fresh flowers and happiness around the community.

Through ‘Petal it Forward’ — a program created by the Society of American Florists (SAF) — several representatives from Dietz, including Avalos and Rodriguez went around town handing out a pair of flowers to people they’d encounter — one flower for the individual and another for them to pass on to someone else.

“We’re spreading happiness and just trying to change people’s moods at work,” Rodriguez said. “We’re just making sure we can put a smile on their face, so they can spread the happiness to everyone in their work environment and community. So that’s our main goal.”

Assistant Library Director Silvia Christy, who opened up the library for the day, was the first person to fell the flower power.

“It was very uplifting to be greeted with a smile and flower,” Christy said. “I look forward to seeing who I’m going to give it to. I may give it to someone who walks through the door that I see may need a little uplifting as well.”

Last year, Dietz visited about 30 different businesses to spread the love, Rodriguez said.

“All throughout the day we’ll be taking trips around our community,” she said on Wednesday. “This is the first year we’re actually going out with more than two groups of volunteers.”

By the end of the day, the shop was expecting to distribute more than 1,000 flowers, she said.

For Mara Benitez, receiving a flower was a complete surprise.

“It really made my day,” she said. “There’s a few people I feel might need some brightening of their day with this flower.”

According to Dietz, “over 273 florists from 49 states and Canada” are participating in SAF’s initiative. 

After SAF conducted a study with about 2,500 people through the United States, they learned that flowers do make an impact.

SAF determined that “ it’s just as good to give flowers as it is to receive,” “being around flowers improves your mood” and “the best reason to receive flowers is ‘just because.’”

Passing out flowers “just because” is really important considering everything that is going on in the world, Rodriguez said.

“Just take a minute, pause and appreciate being cared about,” she said. “I think that gets passed up a lot and people don’t really appreciate one another. One act of giving can ricochet to millions of people, and pretty soon it’ll be our whole community plus more. I think it’s good that we do it and start it off that way other communities like San Marcos and New Braunfels can come together like we are.”

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