Delivering flowers and smiles in Southborough

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Delivering flowers and smiles in Southborough
Southborough Police officers Julia Fontana, Jeff Norton, Owen O’Brien and Southborough Gardeners member Susan Conti. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

SOUTHBOROUGH – A 20-year tradition of bringing “Flowers to Friends” to homebound residents continued on Sept. 19.

That’s when the Southborough Garden Club brought flower arrangements – from members’ own gardens – to the Senior Center. The arrangements were picked up and delivered by police officers Julia Fontana, Owen O’Brien and Jeff Norton.

According to the center’s director, Pam LeFrancois, “The Garden Club works with us. We used to get volunteers to deliver [the flowers] to those who need cheering up.”

She said the Southborough Police Department reached out to the center in search of a community service project. The police soon took over delivery duties.

“It just worked out great,” said LeFrancois.

“We enjoy it, too,” said Fontana, who credited Chief Ryan Newell for reaching out.

Susan Conti of the Southborough Gardeners said deliveries are done three times a year – flowers in the spring and fall, greens in the winter.

“It’s been a wonderful community collaboration,” said Conti.

She added any extra arrangements after the Sept. 19 delivery will be sent to the Southborough Food Pantry.

Anyone interested in joining the gardeners may visit www.southboroughgardeners.org, or email [email protected].

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