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Orthodontist John McManaman had offered a $1,000 reward for the return of his stolen rose bushes. (Courtesy of John McManaman)

A Moncton orthodontist has made a $1,000 donation to the Riverview Boys and Girls Club after the children tried to cheer him up after his rose bushes were stolen.

John McManaman used social media to spread the word about his stolen rose bushes two weeks ago.

The Boys and Girls Club in Riverview heard about the missing flowers and decided to brighten up the orthodontist’s mood.

The children made him some new rose bushes out of cardboard and tissue paper.

The orthodontist was so touched by the "sweet" gesture, he decided to give the organization the $1,000 reward he was offering for the return of his rose bushes.

"I thought it would be great to give the reward to the boys and girls club and pay it forward and make something good come out of something bad," McManaman said.

McManaman’s office is located on Mapleton Road in Moncton. Earlier this month, he said it's not the first time thieves have struck his property.

His plants are stolen a few times a year, he said.

Lynda Carey, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Riverview, said the children wanted to show McManaman that they were thinking about him.

Carey said the children still remember the time someone broke into the organization's baby barn and stole all their winter tires.

"One of the big things we always try to teach the kids is empathy. Empathy is a learned emotion as we all know," she said.

"So we're always trying to teach people about understanding about how other people feel and because we had been through this before. They understood how it must feel, the frustration it must feel, to lose something that is yours that matters to you."

Carey said the Boys and Girls Club of Riverview recently lost some funding so the $1,000 will help fill that gap.