Balloons All Over is in Northborough and the owners are one of a kind.
Last year, my baby died and for her wake/funeral I wanted balloons. Tons and tons of balloons. So we decided to order them from Balloons All Over. We could have chosen Iparty or Hannafords but we wanted to have them delivered to several locations and Balloons All Over was more than willing to do it.
She asked what was the occasion and reluctantly and sadly I told her my baby's funeral/wake. She then asked what did we want and I truly had no idea. I just knew I wanted pinks and purples. She said, "I got this, I know what to do."
When it came time to pay for the order, she wouldn't accept our payment. She said she has four children and she couldn't imagine having one of her own children die. I cried. She cried. We embraced. It was a moment that I cherish to this day and share with anyone who will listen.
The balloons at Abby's wake/funeral were the center of our theme. They did an amazing job. We even put some on the hearse as we drove thrrough town. My kids loved having them there, also. It brightened the mood and really helped make the atmosphere brighter. The balloons are still spoken about in our home, all the time.
I wrote about my balloon experiences on my blog. I sent a thank you to Michele, the owner, to express my gratitude. I've never stepped foot in their business prior to this and to do such a kind act like this to a complete stranger shows the kind of person that she is. Not knowing at that moment in time, she gave us a gift and we gave one back. It is a huge financial undertaking paying for a funeral. She lessened our burden. Our gift to her was to give an act of charity to a couple that she did not know. In all of my years as a mother, I've never received an act of kindness from a business owner like that.
The other day I was in the store again, ready to order balloons for Abby's 1st Remembrance Day Celebration that we are having on Saturday. I placed the order and Judy said she would get back to me that Michele handles the pricing. I hadn't heard from them so yesterday I called again. Judy called back and I told her I wanted to change the order a bit because my original one didn't feel right. She said no problem. She also said that they weren't going to charge us for the balloons AGAIN. My reaction was "No, no I can't accept that", holding back the tears. She said, "yes you can". We spoke a little bit more, and honestly I can't remember exactly what she said/I said because I am still living on that cloud of appreciation and receiving end but the point here is that these two amazing women are a wonderful contribution to the Northborough Community. They were completely generous and thoughtful one year ago and their generosity continues!! I am so touched, my heart is just bursting!!
In Abby's memory, I want to do something in return for these remarkable women. They seriously won't let me 'pay' for their balloons!! So l have decided to pay it forward by sharing my experience with you and give a shout out to our community how special they truly are!