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PHOTO: Curtis Goodwin, a delivery driver for Rebel Hill Florist, unloads flowers from his truck outside the Meals on Wheels location in Franklin on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. / Brooke Wanser

By BROOKE WANSER

On Tuesday morning, Rebel Hill Florist delivery driver Curtis Goodwin parked in front of a building on West Fowlkes Street and began unloading flowers.

Soon, bright yellow smiley face mugs brimming with white and yellow daisies lined the hallway outside of where Franklin’s Meals on Wheels volunteers worked.

Later, volunteers from Aetna would show up to bring the meals and the flowers to 100 Williamson County Meals on Wheels recipients.

The arrangements were part of national company Teleflora’s annual “Make Someone Smile Week,” a program they have sponsored for the past 18 years.

Teleflora is a wire service company which brokers orders to local florists for delivery. Each year, they donate 30,000 mugs and partner with local flower shops to bring arrangements to nursing home residents, hospital patients, children in foster care and Meals on Wheels recipients.

Meals on Wheels Community Engagement Manager Sharon McDaniel has worked for the organization for eight years. She said this is the first time the organization has been asked to be the program’s recipient.

The Mid-Cumberland Meals on Wheels services 13 counties in the region, including Williamson, with meals sites in Franklin, Fairview and Triune.

McDaniel said 100 floral arrangements would also be delivered to Rutherford County. An additional 100 would go to Davidson County seniors who have been victims of elder abuse.

Teleflora, she said, provides the mugs, while Rebel Hill provided the flowers.

Rebel Hill Florist, located in Nashville, merged with Franklin Flower & Gift Gallery in December of 2017, and is run by Anna Page.

Worth said the organization is looking for volunteers; to learn about volunteering for Meals on Wheels, click here.

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