Sagetree Terrace resident Rita Guerrero receives her flower basket.

During Mother’s Day weekend, moms and grandmas across the country — including in several Retirement Housing Foundation affordable housing communities — received a lovely surprise. Thanks to a partnership between CPS — the group purchasing agent behind the CHHSM Store — and Lowe’s, these mothers and grandmothers received surprise flower baskets.

The arrangements were delivered to the front entrances of the communities in order to avoid contact and ensure the safety of staff and residents, says Natalia Hernandez, CPS’ client account manager for CHHSM.

Staff at Northvale Village in Houson prepare the flowers for delivery.

One of the delivery locations was Sagetree Terrace apartments, an older adult affordable housing community in Houston, Texas. The flower basket deliveries raised residents’ spirits and outlooks.

“I’m not an early riser unless I have to be somewhere,” says Liz Cooper, a Sagetree resident. “So with this blooming flower plant that I’ve placed in my window, I can rise up with a smile. Thanks to Lowe’s and RHF for giving us a little sunshine.”

The gifts of flowers were just a small way to “help and acknowledge isolated moms and grandmothers who couldn’t be with their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” and to “bring a smile to all the mothers living in our communities,” Hernandez says.

Read the background story on these special gifts.