Posted at: 12/28/2012 5:54 PM
Updated at: 12/28/2012 6:26 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion
The tragedy in Webster is touching hearts across the nation and even around the world. Hundreds of firefighters are expected to arrive Friday and Saturday for calling hours for West Webster firefighters Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka. But those who can't make it are showing their support in a big way.
The days after Christmas is usually a slow time for flower shops, but because of this tragedy they have been busier than ever. For local flowers shops, bringing in the big bucks is the last thing on their minds, they are focused on making sure the community receives all of the support coming in from near and far.
For floral designer Pat Thomas, the last few days have been non stop.
Thomas said, “The outpouring of love and compassion from the community has been astounding.”
She says its a sign this tragedy is being felt throughout the nation.
Thomas said, “We've gotten orders from out of state from fire departments in areas I've never even heard of.”
Several flower shops have seen a boost in sales, but at this time, these local businesses aren't thinking about the money.
Marilyn Eck said, “It's just been a horrific time for the community of Webster and we're just trying to make it a little easier.”
Marilyn Eck of Hegedorn's Flower Shop is one of many workers. Trying to keep up with the demand. She has had to order even more flowers especially three colors in particular. Colors that will honor our fallen firefighters. Workers say they are not surprised by the demand.
Mike Roesser, Hegedorn's Flower Shop, said, “The community does come together. It's just expected. It's almost to the point where people don't even expect it. It's just what they do.”
Even though they are working non stop for the community, the tragedy is certainly on their minds. But so is what it's done to this town, bringing strangers together during this difficult.
Most of the flower shops will remain open Saturday throughout the day, but many will close on Sunday. So if you want to send your condolences, you might want to place your order by Saturday or you can just make a monetary donation online.