US teen hands out Valentine's Day flowers to all 834 girls at his school

17-year-old Hayden Godfrey spent US$450 on 900 carnations as a Valentine's Day gift for all the female students at his school.
17-year-old Hayden Godfrey spent US$450 on 900 carnations as a Valentine's Day gift for all the female students at his school. PHOTO: HAYDEN GODFREY/FACEBOOK
Hayden enlisted his friends' help to cut the stalks and distribute the flowers at school.
Hayden enlisted his friends' help to cut the stalks and distribute the flowers at school. PHOTO: HAYDEN GODFREY/FACEBOOK

Talk about being the perfect gentleman. A high school senior has ensured every girl in his school would not feel left out on Valentine's Day - by buying them each a flower.

On Thursday (Feb 11), 17-year-old Hayden Godfrey handed out the carnations he bought with his own hard-earned money to the 834 female students at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah.

"So I did a thing today," he wrote in a viral Facebook post that has garnered over 5,000 shares.

"Today I passed out 900 carnations, one to every girl at SVHS and it was totally worth it. I don't think anything can compare to seeing every girl in your life holding a flower as they walk through the halls."

He told ABC News he spent US$450 (S$630) to purchase 900 carnations from an online wholesaler.

It took him 18 months to save up the money, which he earned through working as a cook at a McDonald's outlet, a dishwasher at a Mexican restaurant and at a grocery store.

Enlisting the help of more than 20 friends, Hayden had the flowers delivered to his home three weeks in advance and got them to cut the 60cm stems by hand.


The carnations packed in boxes and ready for delivery. PHOTO: HAYDEN GODFREY/FACEBOOK

He then loaded the flowers on his parents' van to bring them to school, where he and his friends interrupted the last classes of the day to hand them out.

The school's assistant principal Curt Hanks, who provided a headcount of the number of female students in the school, said of Hayden: "I think that he's an amazing kid. I'm speechless at his actions."

According to Hayden's mother, Mrs Erin Godfrey, her son started sending flowers to dozens of friends at the age of 14, when he noticed that some girls did not receive any gifts on Valentine's Day.

"That broke his heart," Mrs Godfrey told ABC News. "He wanted every girl to feel joy."

Hayden's girlfriend of six months and fellow classmate Lilyan Sharp was also supportive, calling the gesture "very special".

"I, myself, spent a lot of Valentine's Days not receiving anything. I know how it feels," the 18-year-old said.


Hayden Godfrey with Lilyan Sharp, his girlfriend of six months, in a Feb 2 photo. PHOTO: HAYDEN GODFREY/FACEBOOK

And Hayden himself said the sweet gesture was something he will remember for the rest of his life.

"I got a lot of thank yous that day. It was really cool," he added.