It's a sure sign of spring - American Cancer Society daffodils, distributed throughout the community during the annual Daffodil Days fundraiser.
Between now and Feb. 22, more than 40 Daffodil Days volunteers are contacting friends, family and businesses asking them to buy bright yellow flowers to help those who lives are touched by cancer. And that, said Daffodil Days Co-chair Karen Wood, is almost everyone.
"I think you could look around and see everybody is affected," said Wood, who is serving as co-chair for the third time and whose brother is a cancer survivor.
Cheryl Lychwick, with whom Wood has shared the chairing responsibilities for the past three years, is a breast cancer survivor.
This year, organizers are hoping to at least match last year's fundraising total of nearly $15,500.
"One of the reasons we are so successful," said Wood, "is we have a lot of businesses" that support the effort.
Daffodil Days opportunities are:
A bunch of $10 daffodils
Ten daffodils and a specially chosen vase, $15
Replantable miniature daffodil plant for display, $15
Shar N. Bear and a bunch of 10 daffodils, $25
Sunshine Bouquet of 60 daffodils, suitable for a large room or office, $75
A case of daffodils (50 bunches or 500 daffodils) for employees or friends, $500
Popular among the businesses, she said, is the sunshine bouquet, a bundle of 60 daffodils arranged in a globe vase. Local Master Gardeners and members of PICA help arrange those bouquets and deliver them, Wood said, which is a tremendous help.
Again this year, community members will be able to choose from variously sized options, ranging from 10 to 500 flowers. In addition, there will again be an opportunity to give anonymously to a local cancer patient at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home or Trinity Regional Medical Center Oncology Department. The Gift of Hope, which is a bouquet of daffodils in a vase, or Bear Hugs for Hope (which include the Shar N. Hope stuffed bear for children) can be purchased for $25.
Anyone who hasn't been contacted by a volunteer can call Wood, 955-2265, or Lychwick, 573-7066, to place an orders. Daffodils will arrive between March 12 and 16. Those are also the days when people who didn't previously place orders can purchase flowers at Fareway.
This year's kick-off was held at CSBank, which along with the Trinity Regional Medical Cancer Center, Drs. Eric and Carey Bligard, Friendship Haven, Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services and Tea Thyme, is sponsoring this year's effort.
According to the American Cancer Society, donations received through Daffodil Days enable lives to be saved:
Helping people stay well, by helping them take steps to prevent cancer or detect it early.
Helping people get well, by being there to guide them through every step of the cancer experience.
Finding cures by funding and conducting groundbreaking research into cancer's causes and cures.
Fighting back by working with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
Contact Barbara Wallace Hughes at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org