Cape Cod Magazine
January 4, 2017
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Suzanne Carter retired several years ago, but today she is working harder than ever. She founded Flower Angels USA in 2014, and now works seven days a week at the nonprofit 5013c organization.

As the former owner of several Curves For Women fitness franchises on the Cape and a whale watch company, Carter started the organization in honor of her mother. Carter would visit her every day at a nursing home in Provincetown and realized other patients never had any visitors. She now oversees more than 100 volunteers, answers emails from brides who want to donate flowers and “spreads a whole lotta love” to patients in nursing homes and hospice care across the Cape. “Flower Angels has become a mission of love for people who have been abandoned by society,” says Carter, while standing in a room bustling with activity at their South Yarmouth location. Flower Angels receives donated flowers from Trader Joe’s, Shaw’s, brides and the Lower Cape Flower Garden, a group in Brewster. Flower Angels volunteers then toss the wilted or dead ones into a compost pile and organize the flowers by color. The design team comes along and creates bouquets featuring carnations, roses, mums, berries and greens in teacups and mugs—the perfect size for a bedside table. About 250 bouquets are delivered weekly to patients who rarely—or never—see a visitor. As of last November, the organization has delivered more than 21,000 bouquets since May 2014. “We are a little bit of sunshine,” says Carter, who also works with her special-needs daughter, Mara Schusterman, at Flower Angels. “It’s a few moments of kindness.”

Flower Angels USA, 851 Route 28, Unit 3, South Yarmouth. To inquire about volunteering or donating flowers, contact Suzanne Carter at 508-280-9869 or grace@flowerangelsusa.org.