Hayden Godfrey saved up for over a year to afford enough flowers for every girl in the school

By Andrea Park
February 13, 2016 04:00 PM
Linda Burgess

The bar has officially been raised for young romantics everywhere.

Hayden Godfrey, a 17-year-old student at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah, passed out carnations to every girl at school – all 834 of them! – on Thursday.

“So I did a thing today,” he wrote on Facebook. “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.”

Godfrey started the project his freshman year, when he anonymously sent flowers to about 30 girls, according to Salt Lake City’s KUTV News.

“I thought as many people as possible should be happy on Valentine’s Day,” he told the news station.

The high school senior told ABC News he worked at McDonald’s, a nearby Mexican restaurant and a local grocery store for the last year and a half to save the $450 needed to buy 900 carnations from an online wholesaler.

“I think it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” he said. “I got a lot of thank yous that day. It was really cool.”

Godfrey’s girlfriend, 18-year-old classmate Lilyan Sharp, told ABC News she’s definitely not jealous of the 834 recipients of her boyfriend’s “very special” gesture.

“I, myself, spent a lot of Valentine’s Days not receiving anything,” she said. “I know how it feels.”