No one likes to be left alone and empty-handed on Valentine’s Day. So, earlier this year a former high school senior made it his mission to make sure every girl at his school went home with a flower in one hand, a beaming smile on their lips and pure joy in their hearts!
Hayden Godfrey first got the idea to buy flowers for all the girls at his school when he was in middle school. Once he got to high school he actually started saving for a year and a half in order to have enough money to buy 900 carnations from an online wholesaler.
The Smithfield, Utah resident had a lofty goal, and actually planned for this event at least 18 months ahead of the big day.
According to ABC News:
“He began earning the money by working as a cook at a nearby McDonald’s and a dishwasher at a Mexican restaurant, and for the last 10 months, he’s been bagging groceries at a local store.”
Hayden was very dedicated, and worked various jobs in order to save the $450 needed to purchase the carnations in bulk.
His penchant for flower-giving actually got its start a few years prior. When he was in middle school, Hayden noticed that a few of the girls didn’t get anything at all for Valentine’s. His mother said he was heartbroken that these young ladies had to miss out on such a feel-good day.
He was determined to make them feel special! So, every year since he was 14, he would anonymously give dozens of his female friends a gorgeous flower on Valentine’s Day.
Per Valley News Live, Hayden believes Valentine’s Day actually represents kindness, rather than romance. That kindness grew in size once he reached his senior year of high school!
After saving up enough money to purchase 900 carnations, he had them delivered three weeks ahead of the special day.
With the help of about 20 friends, they prepped and processed each and every single 24-inch stem carnation. He allowed one day for the flowers to bloom before bringing them to school on February 14th.
The air certainly must have smelled very lovely in that flower storage room!
Since handing out hundreds of flowers was quite a tall order, Hayden enlisted the help of Sky View High School administrators. They allowed an army of volunteers to interrupt the last class of the day to pass out the beautiful long stems of joy!
Hayden wrote on his Facebook page:
“I don’t think anything can compare to seeing every girl in your life holding a flower as they walk through the halls.”
That definitely must have been a wonderful sight for everyone to see.
Assistant principal Curt Hanks, who helped Hayden with the logistics, told ABC News:
“I think that he’s an amazing kid. I’m speechless at his actions.”
Although he purchased 900 flowers, there were still quite a few that were left over. When asked what he planned to do with them, Hayden responded that he would “find something.”
Not surprisingly, Hayden already has a long-time Valentine’s of his own, and is now engaged to his high school sweetheart, 18-year-old Lilyan Sharp. Was she jealous about his behavior? Not a chance!
This understanding young lady told ABC News:
“I, myself, spent a lot of Valentine’s Days not receiving anything. I know how it feels.”
Lilyan also said that his gesture was very special, and that every girl walked out of school that day with a giant smile on their face.
Hayden definitely knows how to make a girl feel good about herself! This is such a sweet and thoughtful gesture. More people should be like this.