1800FLOWERS.COM Partners with YMHA to Provide Workshops For Seniors, Kids to Help Generations Connect Online; Donates Laptops

This Tuesday, December 4th, at 11AM at the Samuel Field YMHA, located in Little Neck, NY on the Queens/Long Island border, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM will host a workshop for seniors and children to learn how to connect generations through the use of the internet. The workshop will be held at the Y's computer lab and will include demonstrations on websites such as google, hotmail, and eons.com, a social networking site exclusively for the 50+ crowd. Preschoolers from the Y's programs will be invited to participate as well, working in tandem with the seniors on online games and holiday cards. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM will also donate a laptop computer to the Y to support their computer programs!

The workshop is part of a larger test program designed to teach two generations how easy it is to connect with their loved ones when they are equipped with an understanding of how the internet works. The program kicked off on Sunday December 2nd at the Little Neck center as over one thousand people celebrated the beginning of Hanukah at the center's annual Hanukah party. In honor of the festivities, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM provided holiday décor. Guests also received an exclusive code, "SAMY" to get 15% off of all purchases through 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. The program will continue throughout the month, including workshops and computer donations in Harlem as well, at the Harlem Link Charter School. (They will receive a similar discount coupon code, HARLEM, for 15% off.)

Older and younger people tend not understand each other because of their different experiences, opinions, habits and behavior. The internet is a great way for people to connect and get to know each other, and connect families of all generations. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is eager to contribute to this mission as their "Reconnections" program and brand message is to help all people connect with the important people in their lives.

This is an amazing word-of-mouth program because everybody really does win! The Y and school in Harlem get great, free programs that add tremendous value to their constituents (not to mention the free laptop computers, which, if you've ever worked at a school or non-profit, you know is a HUGE deal). Their members, kids, parents, and seniors, get to participate in the programs for free and all get discounts off of 1800Flowers.com products (15% is pretty darn good!). 1800Flowers.com, of course, gets people in the communities talking: talking about how generous they are of course, but hopefully also noticing that you can send a lot of really cool items for Hanukah, Christmas and even Kwanzaa through their site.

5 out of 5 bees, 1800Flowers.com. I'll be sending my grandma to one of your workshops, and I might even send her some flowers for Hanukah.