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Teenager Gives a Flower to All 894 Girls in His School

(Photo: Hayden Godfrey)

My first thought was that this might be a not-terrible dating strategy. If, let’s say, 25% of those girls are single and 1% are interested, that’s a chance of getting dates with 2.235% of them. That’s better odds than anything I managed in high school.

But that’s not what Hayden Godfrey, 17, of Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah had in mind. He already has a girlfriend. She’s in the above photo. Rather, he noticed that many girls at his school felt disappointed when they didn’t get any attention from boys on Valentine’s Day. His mother told ABC News:

 "That broke his heart on Valentine's Day," she told ABC News today, calling her son a "sensitive soul." She added: "He wanted every girl to feel joy."

So he decided to give each and every one of them a carnation.

Hayden has been planning this project for 3 years. And for the past year and a half, he’s been saving money from his job as a cook at a restaurant and a bagger at a grocery store to be able to afford the $450 necessary:

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.

His girlfriend of six months and fellow classmate, 18-year-old Lilyan Sharp, called Godfrey's gesture "very special" and said every girl walked out of school with a "giant smile on their face."

-via Lost at E Minor

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I did something similar when I worked at Krogers 25 years or so ago. I gave a rose to each female employee working on Valentine's Day.
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