MORGANTOWN \u2014\u00a0Making someone feel better doesn\u2019t often require a grand gesture. Sometimes, a flower and smile will do the trick.\r\nThat\u2019s the idea behind The Bloomerang Project, a volunteer effort at hospice and home health provider Amedisys that operates under the motto \u201cKindness like a boomerang, always returns.\u201d\r\nVolunteer Coordinator Courtney Callen said the idea originated in the company\u2019s Parkersburg office and starts, of all places, in area funeral homes, where volunteers collect soon-to-be-discarded flowers and turn them into small arrangements for Amedisys patients and their families.\r\n\u201cI\u2019ve taken information around to all the local funeral homes to get the word out about the project,\u201d Callen said. \u201cSo far, I\u2019ve had Fred L. Jenkins and Smith Funeral Home make four donations, and we\u2019ve been able to make 68 small arrangements for our hospice patients.\u201d\r\nCallen said she has about a dozen volunteers who repurpose the flowers, placing them into mugs and small vases to be distributed by Amedisys\u2019 nurses, aides, chaplain and social workers.\r\n\u201cI\u2019m pretty excited because I\u2019m getting a lot of positive feedback from the patients and the families,\u201d Callen said, adding that she hopes spreading the word about the project will result in more flower donations. \u201cInstead of throwing them away after a service, we\u2019re able to reuse them in this way. I think it\u2019s pretty neat.\u201d\r\nShe went on to say you never know what even the smallest act will mean to someone experiencing tough times.\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s really making a difference with our patients. Something as simple as this is giving them something to be happy about and smile about during what\u2019s often a sad time in their lives,\u201d Callen said.\r\nAnyone interested in inquiring about donating flowers can contact Callen at email@example.com.