Teen Buys Flowers for Every Girl in School
'It was totally worth it,' Hayden Godfrey says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2016 2:01 AM CST
Hayden Godfrey sorts through carnations in the auditorium at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah.   (John Zsiray/The Herald Journal via AP)

(Newser) – Hayden Godfrey loves grand gestures, and there's a florist who probably loves Hayden Godfrey. The 17-year-old from Smithfield, Utah, saved $450 from jobs he held at McDonald's, a Mexican restaurant, and a grocery store to buy Valentine's Day carnations for all 834 female students at Sky View High School, People reports. "I passed out 900 carnations, one to every girl at SVHS, and it was totally worth it," Godfrey wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday. "I don't think anything can compare to seeing every girl in your life holding a flower as they walk through the halls." KUTV reports the senior had 20 volunteers assist him with the distribution.

Godfrey's mom tells CBS that the flower-buying began three years ago, when the then-freshman anonymously sent flowers to dozens of girls that he thought might be left out on Valentine's Day. The teen has had a girlfriend for the last six months, and 18-year-old Lilyan Sharp says she didn't have a problem with Godfrey's "very special" gesture, which left a "big smile" on every girl's face. "I, myself, spent a lot of Valentine’s Days not receiving anything," she tells ABC News. "I know how it feels." (This husband sends his wife flowers every Valentine's Day, even though he's dead.)