Random acts of kindness elicit smiles in Wilton Center

Officer Dave Hartman offers a yellow rose to a motorist in Wilton Center Friday morning.

Officer Dave Hartman offers a yellow rose to a motorist in Wilton Center Friday morning.

Motorists driving through Wilton Center this morning were surprised with a gift of a long-stemmed yellow rose from police officers. The officers were continuing a 10-year-old tradition of performing random acts of kindness on this day. It is a joint venture of the Wilton Police Department and Wilton Chamber of Commerce.

This tradition began shortly after Sept. 11, 2001 as a way of lifting the spirits of Wilton residents and those passing by. This special day, sponsored by Stewart Flowers & Gifts, happens each year with the hope that this gesture will brighten the day of the recipient and encourage them to “pass it on,” a press release from the chamber said.

“This is one of our favorite events of the year, as people are not expecting to receive a beautiful rose on their way to work or while running errands,” said chamber President Peg Koellmer. “The surprise and smiles it puts on everyone’s face is fun to see, and hopefully will result in many acts of kindness throughout the day.

The Wilton Police Department has been very supportive, lending officers to be there along with the chamber to give out the roses.

“Some people think we’re there in the road to collect a donation for a cause, but when they see it’s simply a gift from us to them — it’s a great moment,” Officer Dave Hartman said.

Information:  203-762-0567 or email Executive Director Janeen Leppert at [email protected]

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