“The Spirit of Cheryl’s” spotlights organizations that are working to improve the community through outreach efforts. This story looks at some of our favorites from the Smile Farms birthday collection.

Looking for a birthday gift that will delight the recipient and carry an extra-special message? Look no further than the Smile Farms BIRTHYAY! Collection from the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. family of brands.

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Every gift purchased from this collection benefits the Farmers of Smile Farms, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting adults with developmental disabilities. Founded in 2015, Smile Farms focuses on providing meaningful vocational, educational, and employment opportunities that generate pride, enhance life skills, and offer socialization experiences.

“Like many other nonprofits, Smile Farms has faced significant challenges during a time when our efforts were more needed than ever before,” says Diana Martin, managing director of Smile Farms. “1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. has long supported Smile Farms in its mission to foster new opportunities for people with disabilities. We feel so fortunate to be the recipients of their innovative approach to giving back, especially this year.

“The BIRTHYAY! Collection encapsulates the value both 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. and Smile Farms place on connection, community, and celebrating our differences,” she continues. “We are grateful to every person who shops from this collection — they are making a true difference with each dollar.”

About Smile Farms

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Smile Farms is the signature philanthropic partner of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. It was started by the company’s founder, Jim McCann, and his brother, CEO Chris McCann.

The McCanns’ brother, Kevin, lives in a group home on Long Island run by the Independent Group Home Living Program (IGHL), and the CEO of that program, Walter Stockton, had mentioned to Jim that he was having trouble finding work for residents.

Jim was happy to help, but when he scanned the local job market, he discovered that there were, indeed, few options for people with developmental disabilities. That led to him opening the first Smile Farms campus in 2015.

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We are grateful to every person who shops from this collection – they are making a true difference with each dollar.

Diana Martin

Managing Director

Smile Farms

Today, Smile Farms has eight campuses in the New York area and plans to open two more this year, on Long Island and Staten Island. Smile Farms has expanded its partnerships to include nonprofits that serve not only individuals with developmental disabilities but those with other disabilities as well.

Smile Farms creates meaningful opportunities at local farms, urban gardens, and greenhouses for hundreds of adults and youth with different abilities. There, they can grow and sell flowers, plants, and produce in the communities in which they live. Almost none of the farmers have worked before, so their jobs at Smile Farms represent the first time they are able to experience the satisfaction of mastering new skills, the pleasure of contributing to their team and community, and the thrill of taking home a paycheck.

Make birthday wishes come true with fun, festive gifts

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Floral Embrace

Words matter. Each jar is filled with Like a warm embrace, our vibrant Floral Embrace bouquet delivers your sentiments to someone special. A gathering of yellow and orange blooms with pops of bright pink and purple, it’s more than a gift — it’s a way to express how you feel inside.

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Good Day Bouquet

The Good Day Bouquet is a great way to deliver smiles! Bunches of blooms in uplifting colors are gathered into our keepsake smiley face container, delivering just the brightness they need to make their day better. Perfect for celebration-worthy moments and everyday sentiments.

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Gourmet Drizzled Strawberries

Say “happy birthday” with gourmet drizzled strawberries. Fresh and juicy, these irresistible treats will add flavor to any birthday celebration. Choose from two dozen, full dozen, or half dozen.

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31 Days of Kind Notes for Inspiration

Help them celebrate another year with the Confetti Cheers Personalized Birthday Wine Glass Collection. Their age will be featured for all to see! The glass is also custom printed with any one line message you choose, and it’ll be surrounded by a colorful and festive confetti dot design

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Happy Birthday! Gift Basket

Wish a special someone a happy birthday by sending our Happy Birthday! Gift Basket. This basket is brimming with fun delights, like Harry & David Milk Chocolate Truffles, Simply Chocolate Chocolate Covered Peanuts, Cheryl’s Frosted Cake Cookies, and so much more.

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Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn Birthday Tin

Birthdays are better with Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn, so celebrate with a festive tin full of the anytime snack. We’ve included favorite flavors like classic caramel, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate, as well as our specially crafted birthday cake variety featuring colorful confetti.

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Birthday Wishes
Popcorn Tin

Give the perfect gift to make their special day pop! Our Birthday Wishes 3 1/2 Gallon Popcorn Tins include three delicious flavors: butter, cheese, and caramel popcorn.

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Birthday Gift Tower

Send sweet, elegant birthday wishes with our Birthday Gift Tower. It features a variety of treats crafted in our Southern Oregon candy kitchen, including our perennially popular chocolate cherries, silky chocolate truffles, and more! It’s the perfect sweet surprise. Royal Riviera Pears and Moose Munch Premium Popcorn round out the assortment.

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Colorful and bright, these Smile Farms Birthday Gift Tins sure are a delight! Each tin is filled with a popular buttercream frosted assortment including full-size and snack-size buttercream frosted cookies – the perfect treat for everyone’s birthday celebration.

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*“Net Proceeds” shall be defined as the gross sales price of the product less any and all taxes, service charges, shipping and handling charges, discounts, gift certificates, promotional gift certificates, promotional offers (e.g. airline miles, points, e-money, etc.) credits, rebates, chargebacks, refunds, credit card processing fees and gift certificate cancellations.

© 2022 Smile Farms Inc.  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, EIN: 46-5360466.

Author

Matt Fordahl is the managing editor of 1-800-Flowers’ Content Studio. Previously, he served as a journalist at The Associated Press in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose, and New York. He was also editorial director of The New York Times’ T Brand Studio. Nicole DiGiose serves as an editor and writer for 1-800-Flowers and has previously been published in Electronic Products, EE Times, Chilled Magazine, and local newspapers based in her hometown.

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