Donna Waldel-Rood, owner of Save the Day Floral in Arlington, Washington is no stranger to helping others. “I have helped five other local businesses get their start by sharing my storefront with them,” she says. “It’s just really important to spark more kindness in the community.”

Unfortunately, the pandemic has not been kind to businesses such as Save the Day. “I’ve lost many sources of revenue because proms and weddings has been cancelled and that really hurts my business, says Waldel-Rood. “The additional strain comes from the fact that its difficult to get product due to other closures.”

Being in a business that provides happiness, however, means that Waldel-Rood isn’t sitting by while many people feel the emotional impact of the pandemic and that’s why she jumped at the opportunity to join Columbia Bank’s Pass It On Project. With Columbia Bank picking up the tab, Waldel-Rood said, “I’m passing it on by providing flowers to people and businesses throughout Arlington,” she says. “With Columbia’s financial help, I hope I can brighten their day and bring a smile to as many people as possible.”