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Mystery Donor Sends Flowers To Cancer Patients

All that's known about the sender is that he or she is incredibly kind.


Valentine's Day has passed, but for cancer patients at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC, the flower deliveries keep coming in.

For the past 12 years, an anonymous donor has been sending a bouquet of fresh flowers every Monday to the hospital's oncology unit. With each delivery, there's a note to give the flowers to "the patient on the floor who could use some cheering up the most."

The staff, who call them "Monday Flowers," say they look forward to the deliveries every week. Alivia Cozzarelli, one of the nurses on the floor, recently shared the sweet act of kindness in a Facebook post. She explained that while the staff doesn't know the name of the person who's been sending the flowers, they have a few ideas.

"Our manager doesn't know for sure, but he thinks they are sent from a man whose wife passed away on our unit," Cozzarelli wrote.

Cozzarelli goes on to say that she's made up stories about the mysterious donor, and that she imagines he may have bought flowers for his wife every week and wants to continue the tradition now that she's gone.

Whatever the story might be, the beautiful gesture has touched the hearts of everyone on the floor.

"I don't think we'll ever know the whole story, but I do know that I'm sincerely grateful for people like this kind, anonymous human," Cozzarelli continued in her post. "And every Monday I'm inspired to be kind to strangers every chance I get."

Every Monday for 12 years, a new bouquet arrives at the oncology unit. Alivia Cozzarelli/Facebook

The post quickly gathered hundreds of reactions and has been shared over 4,000 times.

Laura Snow commented, "This brought tears to my eyes."

"They're so beautiful, shows humanity isn't lost," Jessica Cossin wrote.

How can you start something good?

Inspired by this incredible act of kindness?


Why not take the mystery donor's lead and send flowers to patients at a hospital near you? Just make sure you call ahead to make sure the department you're sending them to accepts deliveries.


Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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