In their retirement, he and my great-grandma raised roses (that's a whole long post in itself for another day) and being the generous hearts they were, they gave away hundreds and thousands of bouquets from their own backyard roses to folks in need of a little cheer. They delivered them to friends, family and strangers. People in the hospital, folks receiving the Meals-On-Wheels they helped deliver, people they read about in the local paper who were going through hard times. You could always count on a beautiful bouquet with your favorite rose tucked in for your birthday especially. They had so many roses that they had an extra refrigerator in their breezeway to hold all the fresh-cut flowers during the peak season.
One of the problems was that there was always a need for vases. Being the resourceful kind of guy that he was, my great-grandfather came up with a way to get free vases in pretty much constant supply that he didn't have to worry about getting back from all these people he enjoyed sharing the bouquets with. One of the things he did was let the local cemeteries and churches know that he could make use of their extra vases. After funerals and weddings and such there are always leftover vases from the floral arrangements. Many times these got thrown away or given away so he got a good study supply from those sources. But at the rate they gave flowers away, often they still didn't have enough or they were too large for the bouquets he was making.