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Chicago woman leaves surprise bouquets to help happiness bloom for strangers

CHICAGO — Jessica Housley isn’t a florist. But her kitchen portrays a unique story with recent flowers, jars and handscribbled notes.

“I love making the bouquets. It relaxes me,” she mentioned. “I get really happy.”

The solely factor that offers her extra pleasure than making the bouquets is the fun of discovering them a brand new house.

“I try to choose places that I know will have high traffic where a lot of people will be coming through,” she mentioned.

Housley is the founding father of With Love Chicago.

She locations a candy bouquet for an unsuspecting stranger to discover.

“I find myself smiling … anticipating someone is going to pick it up and be surprised by this little bouquet of flowers that will hopefully make their day,” she mentioned.

Housley has lost depend of the variety of bouquets she has snuck into tiny corners of Chicago during the last six years and she or he by no means is aware of precisely who shall be blessed by her random act of kindness.

Housley created an Instagram account with the identical hashtag #withlovechicago discovered on all her vases.

“Some of the messages it leaves me in tears sometimes because life is hard,” she mentioned.

There are tales of heartbreak, a demise within the household or only a low second. And the recipients are touched by a bouquet in some way meant for them.

Gabrielle Dyson was a bouquet recipient.

“Standing at the cash machine I saw a bouquet on the table and then saw it said it was for me. I instantly burst into tears,” she mentioned.

She was so moved, Dyson started looking for others who discovered their very own jar of flowers in hopes they may collectively pay it ahead.

Fast ahead to a gathering of 11 strangers bonded by bouquets and related due to a single gesture of kindness.

So the subsequent time you notice a small jar of flowers, there’s a superb likelihood somebody left them there simply for you.

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