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Storms and Hoover Family funds support nonprofit as it donates bouquets to a growing number of hospice, palliative care patients

The Bloom Project recently received $15,000 in grants to continue its nonprofit work supporting people in palliative care and hospice.

The Bloom Project, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients, has received a $10,000 grant from the Storms Family Foundation and $5,000 in funds from the Hoover Family Foundation.

The $15,000 will support The Bloom Project as it donates bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients in their homes and care facilities.

"With these wonderful gifts from the Storms Family and Hoover Family Foundations, The Bloom Project will continue to share the power of flowers with hospice and palliative care patients in hopes of enhancing their end-of-life care," said The Bloom Project founder Heidi Berkman.

"We are excited to invest this money towards the continuation of our mission throughout the Portland-metro area."

The Bloom Project receives all of its flowers from donations provided by wholesale floral companies, growers and local grocery stores.

The flowers are repurposed by volunteers into beautiful bouquets ready to deliver to local hospice and palliative care patients.

All financial donations to The Bloom Project, like those from the Storms Family and Hoover Family Foundations, cover operational and program costs.

"The Storms Family Foundation believes all life should be dignified and respected," said Storms Family Foundation Director Suzanne Storms Berselli.

"True poverty means no money, no power and no beauty. Therefore, The Bloom Project provides and enhances beauty through the use of donated flower arrangements given to hospice and palliative care patients.

"In addition, using repurposed flowers benefits the environment."

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