The Hope Blooms Campaign
Hope Blooms is an annual campaign of the Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) to raise awareness of child sexual & physical abuse and the power of healing.
March 14: In the five years since the first crocus bulb was planted, the living ribbon of Hope Blooms spring flowers has grown along the Greenway’s path from High Street to Oliver Street. The bright, vibrant ribbon is a welcome sight each spring as well as a reminder of the resilience of children and families who begin a journey of healing at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County.
The first of 6,600 blooms arrived early, mid-March, joining the rest of us in a celebration of the mild New England spring. As the ribbon grows each year, bulbs are planted along the path where they receive different weather exposure: the Oliver Street end of the ribbon is the first to bloom in 2016 with more crocuses emerging each spring day.
Help Hope Bloom
Celebrate the promise of hope with a donation to the CAC today. Contributions like yours help hope bloom for every child, ensuring the CAC is where healing starts and hope is restored. Buy a Bulb now to keep hope blooming year round.
To bring attention to the often unseen victims, each November, the CAC Staff, Board of Trustees and friends plant one crocus bulb for each child referred to the Center on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston. The bulbs -- which endure the long, cold days of New England winter -- emerge bright, beautiful and full of hope in April commemorating National Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month.
The sheer number of flowers is a striking reminder of the local impact of abuse but more importantly, symbolizes a child's journey of healing that continues until their hope has been restored.
The CAC and friends planted 1,122 crocus bulbs on the Greenway in 2011, 1,269 bulbs in 20121,337 in 2013, 1,346 in November 2014 and 1,598 in November 2015 bringing the five year total to over 6,600.
The flowers are planted along the public pathway on the Greenway between Atlantic Avenue & Purchase Street and High & Oliver Streets. Or you can find them between the Boston landmark buildings of One International Place and Rowes Wharf.