A few days before Valentine’s Day, the ladies at Intero Real Estate Group were discussing how they could support the communities near their offices in Kingwood, Fall Creek and The Woodlands.
They came up with a great idea – to hand out roses on Valentine’s Day! Kingwood resident Lauren Price immediately took charge of the Kingwood operation, recruiting daughter Hope, 12, and son Preston, 8 (or soon to be 9, as he tells it).
The Greentree residents posted on social media that they would be spreading cheer on Valentine’s Day, inviting neighbors to stop by for a free rose. On Feb. 14, they set up shop on the corner of West Lake Houston Parkway and Oakwood Forest, near Creekwood Middle School. Armed with five dozen roses, they began handing them out at 5 p.m. to people on their way home from a busy day.
At first, Lauren said, people seemed skeptical because they thought there was “a catch.” Some drivers offered to buy the roses. When people realized that the trio was not selling anything, and just trying to hand out roses to spread a little joy, the idea quickly caught on.
Preston became the designated “rose runner” for the evening. “My legs felt like Jello by the end!,” Preston exclaimed. The multi-talented Preston also learned how to spin a sign, also becoming the evening’s designated sign spinner. (Note to local businesses … he’s available for hire!)
The family even handed out Valentine stickers for younger children.
“There was a little girl in the back seat, and I gave her a flower and some stickers, and she really liked them,” Hope said. “It gave my heart a really warm feeling to make sure people had a little happiness in their day.”
The family had planned to hand out roses until 7 p.m., but all had been handed out by about 6:15. They took the famous family dinner vote that so many families do – Chinese food or Chick-Fil-A? As it turns out, Chick-Fil-A won the day. They also stopped by H-E-B for some delicious chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert.
“It was so nice to have an evening without mobile phones and television. It was fun being outside and handing out flowers to give back to the community,” Mom Lauren said. She also said it was nice to finish early and enjoy their Valentine chicken dinner after returning home.