Handing out nearly 900 carnations can be quite a chore, but for 17-year-old Hayden Godfrey, a junior at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah, it was “totally worth it.” The young smoothie’s magnanimous move has officially raised the bar for guys everywhere, and he even outdid his own warm-hearted romanticism. Last year, Godfrey anonymously doled out about 30 flowers. This year, he bought 900 and gave out at least 834.
“So I did a thing today,” Hayden wrote on Facebook. “Today I passed out 900 carnations, one to every girl at SVHS and it was totally worth it. I don’t think anything can compare to seeing every girl in your life holding a flower as they walk through the halls.”
The price for the carnations? About $450, which meant Hayden had to put in some long hours working at three different jobs. According to ABC News on Feb. 12, Hayden “began earning the money by working as a cook at a nearby McDonald’s and a dishwasher at a Mexican restaurant, and for the last 10 months, he’s been bagging groceries at a local store.”
Hayden’s Valentine’s Day handouts have been growing every year, his mom Erin Godfrey said. Since he was a young teenager, he has been sending flowers to his friends, and each year the chivalrous teen has been expanding his flower power. This year, he wanted to make “as many people as possible” happy, his mom said.
Hayden’s girlfriend of six months, 18-year-old Lilyan Sharp, who also attends Sky View High School, said Godfrey’s gesture was “very special” and that the girls at her school all had a “giant smile on their face.”
No doubt, they are jealous of Sharp, who also received concert tickets from her beau. “I, myself, spent a lot of Valentine’s Days not receiving anything,” she said according to Salt Lake City’s KUTV News. “I know how it feels.”
Adds ABC News: “Godfrey ordered the flowers to his home three weeks in advance and enlisted the help of about 20 friends to help him process and cut the 24-inch stems after they arrived. He gave the carnations one day to bloom before loading them all into his parents’ van to bring them to Sky View High School Thursday.”
Assistant Principal Curt Hanks assisted Hayden with his 900 carnation project, allowing classes during the day on Thursday to be interrupted so the carnation handout could begin. “I think that he’s an amazing kid,” Hanks said. “I’m speechless at his actions.”
“I think it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Hayden said. ‘I got a lot of ‘thank yous’ that day. It was really cool.”
Very cool indeed. And a good reminders for the guys: Go get your ladies some flowers!