Making special deliveries on Mother's Day

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 11:46 PM

FORT WORTH — Sunday was an extra day of work for Stacey Hansen, but she wasn't complaining.

Her job was to deliver Mother's Day flowers and surprises.

Strapped into her delivery truck, she could view all those extra miles as extra work. But she sees the road in front her as an opportunity.

"I lost my mother at an early age, and it's always been a special holiday for me," Hansen said. "It's a good feeling to bring a smile and brighten someone else's day."

She didn't get smiles at every door; some packages had to be left on the porch.

But Hansen knows there's a story behind every bouquet.

There were flowers from appreciative husbands, and — at one residence — there were tears. It was a special delivery from a military daughter who couldn't be in Texas to honor her mom.

"We don't get to see each other very often; I haven't seen her since September," said Deanne Chandler. "It means a lot. The card actually means more than the flowers."

Hansen paced her way to 30 houses, carrying boxes of blooms. After she propped a box on a front porch, she went back to the truck with her own smile, ready to deliver.

"It's just nice to bring happiness to everybody else," she said.

It was Hansen's first Mother's Day to work the delivery shift. She said she had so much fun, she may try it again next year.

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com

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