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Published May 12 2013

Fargo man gives flowers to strangers for Mother’s Day

FARGO – Nearly 100 area mothers received an unexpected Mother’s Day gift while grocery shopping on Sunday, first from a stranger and then from their children.

That stranger was Trinity Schaff, of Fargo, who, along with his 18-month-old daughter, Ceta, handed out flowers to children, who in turn handed the flowers to their mothers at Cash Wise Foods and Hornbacher’s in Fargo.

This was the second year that Schaff gave out flowers to moms on Mother’s Day. He said he gave out about 100 flowers this year, compared to about 50 last year.

Schaff said he came up with the idea as he was thinking about random acts of kindness that he could do with his daughter on an annual basis.

“We try to do at least one random act of kindness a day for somebody, and this was just one of the bigger events that I like to do each year,” he said.

After giving out the first few flowers last year, Schaff said it didn’t take him long to know that he had hit on something meaningful.

“You can definitely tell that a lot of the moms don’t usually get flowers, or maybe aren’t thought about a lot on (Mother’s Day),” he said. “It definitely touches their hearts.”

Even though Ceta is still very young, Schaff says that she’s starting to recognize how appreciative the children and their moms were of receiving the flowers.

“She’s starting to understand that she can give the flowers to the kids, and that makes her happy, too,” Schaff said.

More than anything, what Schaff took away from Sunday, and what he hopes his daughter takes away from future Mother’s Days spent giving out flowers together, is that a simple act can go a long way.

“I think, every year, it comes down to the one child that will run up to their mom, give her the flower, and (the mom) will look at me almost with tears in their eyes,” Schaff said. “That utter appreciation just drives home how simple it is to give away a flower, and how long-lasting an impact that can be for the mother or the child.”

Schaff’s wife, Melissa, said that she, too, was almost moved to tears when she first heard about the idea last year.

“I thought it was so selfless and so giving,” she said.

And as her husband and daughter were giving out flowers to area moms, Melissa was receiving from them a different Mother’s Day gift of sorts.

“I liked having an hour to myself so I can nap,” she said, laughing.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535