Cape Cod Magazine
January 4, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.