Two Friends Launched a Service and Donated Hundreds of Plants to Seniors

An assortment of houseplants.

If you’re needing a break from what can feel like an overwhelming news cycle, feel-good stories are the way to go. Here’s one for you: Two friends started a service to fill senior homes with plants, and they’ve donated hundreds so far.

planTogether was created by friends Baila Dalfin and Nechama Hecht to raise the spirits of seniors who aren’t able to physically see family or friends due to social distancing measures. Dalfin is an essential worker at a nursing home, and her friend Hecht had begun to notice how the protocols were beginning to affect seniors, particularly her own grandmother. The pair came together to start the organization, which sees a call for plant donations to be sent to isolating seniors and nursing homes.

Hecht told Better Homes & Gardens, “We teamed up to create planTogether as a way to show those most vulnerable that they are not alone and that they are being thought of and loved.”

As of April, they have donated over 350 houseplants to seniors, and they plan to do more. The pair is currently working to partner with community groups across the country to help even more people. If you needed a little reminder of the good in the world today, let the story of planTogether be it.

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