A Waldoboro florist took to the streets Oct. 11, handing out dozens of flowers to busy commuters to help brighten up their week.

As part of the "Petal it Forward" program, in partnership with the Society of American Florists, Shelley Pease, owner of Shelley’s Flowers & Gifts, and employees handed out 32 bouquets during their stops at Dunkin' Donuts, Moody's, and Townline Video Plus.

Pease joined more than 200 florists across the country in the event. This random-acts-of-kindness effort is in response to the release of data by SAF showing the positive emotional benefits of flowers, according to a press release.

“We see the positive impact day in and day out when we make our flower deliveries,” Pease said. “People love to get flowers ‘just because,’ so we wanted to create random smiles today, and give people a chance to do the same for someone else.”

Pease and helpers Amie Lee and Pam Cartier not only spread happiness to lucky Waldoboro residents who received the flowers, but armed them with an extra flower bouquet to share with a loved one, coworker or even a stranger.

"People remember what it feels like to get flowers," Pease said. "It can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one," she said.

And that is exactly what happened with the recipients, who were pleasantly surprised by the gesture.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.