FARMINGTON — Room 505 is dark and quiet.

A young mother who has just given birth holds her newborn by her pillow while her family sleeps on the cots beside her bed.

The door cracks open and in comes a sprite, chattery lady with an arrangement of flowers.

"It's Make Someone Smile Week," Sylvia Abeyta whispers, placing the pot of flowers on the patient's desk. The mother smiles, and Abeyta slips from the room to deliver more flowers and make someone else's day.

On Tuesday, Abeyta, owner of Bloomfield Florists, handed 100 bright arrangements to everyone from nurses to patients to cafeteria staff at San Juan Regional Medical Center. She and two of her employees delivered the gifts to show appreciation to an underappreciated crowd.

"We're trying to get people that don't usually get flowers, people that aren't expecting anything," Abeyta said as she barreled down the hall toward the cafeteria, a cart of potted geraniums, roses and other blooms following in her path.

Teleflora, a flower delivery company, sponsors the week and gives out the containers to any member who wants to participate. Billie Gurule, who's worked at Bloomfield Florists for 14 years, is a Teleflora board member and decided it was time for her own company to get involved.

"We'll probably do this every year, or at least as long as I'm here" Gurule said, noting that this was the first year Bloomfield Florists had participated.

Bloomfield Florists was fortunate enough to have all of its supplies donated.


Teleflora donated the flower pots, while DWF Wholesale donated the flowers and Orchard Mesa Greenhouse donated the non-blooming plants.

While florists who participate don't have to give the arrangements to people in hospitals, employees at Bloomfield Florists thought the building needed the extra touch of color.

"The hospital's not the most cheery place, especially for the workers who have to work with sick people every day," Gurule said.

Reactions ranged from immediate smiles to disbelief to jumping up and down. Many of the employees at the hospital said they had never received unexpected appreciation like that.

"This is a first," housekeeping staffer Sharon Toledo said.

Nurses at the front desk of the maternity floor fussed over the grass hanging from one nurse's pot, pretending the long, green blades were hair.

"Some people will act like it's the first time they've ever seen a flower," said Judi Hearn, who's worked at Bloomfield Florists for nine years. "And this is what I do every day."

Even junior volunteer Kaylen Jones, who pushed the cart around the halls of the hospital for the florists for an hour, walked home with her own arrangement of yellow roses.

"I just wish we had more," Abeyta said.

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