On St. Patrick's Day, Maple Ridge shop owner Sandra Taylor played the harp, sang, delivered flowers, gave out prizes – and (now regretfully) released 150 balloons – to honour the special occasion. She's apologizing now that part of her efforts will have a negative impact on the environment. (The News files)

LETTER: Sending out apology for balloon release

Maple Ridge shop owner horrified to learn her kindness efforts included a negative component

Dear Editor,

[RE: VIDEO – Maple Ridge florist releases 150 balloons for St. Patrick’s Day, March 19, The News]

It is with great heartbreak and disturbance to have seen so many [Facebook] messages [in reaction to the story published online March 17].

But with even more horror, I realize how badly I have polluted the environment by choosing to release bio-degradable balloons.

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I take full responsibility for my actions, realizing I did not have the true meaning of bio-degradable.

We will not, under any circumstances, make this choice again, but will instead educate myself better on the decision I make.

Thank you to all those who shed light on this, as our environment is of utmost importance.

Sandra Taylor,

Westgate Flower Garden, Maple Ridge

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