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Good neighbor day spreads good cheer throughout Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Valentine's Day isn't until five months from now, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from receiving a dozen roses for free. The generous acts of kindness spread beyond the walls of a local flower shop.

Wednesday is the 18th annual "Good Neighbor Day" at Greenbrook Flowers. A dozen roses are given out for free to anyone who walks in the flower shop.

Greenbrook manager Gwen Colella says, "they get a dozen and they keep one for themselves and give eleven away to eleven different people and a token of friendship and love."

"Good Neighbor Day" began as a way to bring a sense of community and love back to Jackson. Now the idea has spread all across the nation and six countries. "I just can't believe my dad took it from 1994 to just us to a worldwide thing now," says Colella.

During "Good Neighbor Day," 15,000 roses will be handed out. That amounts to 1,200 dozen roses spread throughout the community.

Mayor Harvey Johnson helped hand out roses. Mayor Johnson says, "when you hand them a rose they have to be a good neighbor because no matter what their disposition is or how their day is going that rose really brightens their day."

When people pick up their roses they can also make a donation to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. "It doesn't matter if it's just a $1 or a penny or quarters, it all adds up to thousands of dollars to help the hospital run like it is," says John Clark Packer, the Children's Miracle Network Coordinator.

The Blair E. Batson hospital means a lot to managers at Greenbrook Flowers. Colella says,"two of my brothers have gone through kidney transplants and my child has been diagnosed with the same kidney disease."

It's stories like that which keep the Jackson community donating dollars and receiving flowers year after year.

The roses were distributed in under three hours.

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