With the bitter cold and drifts of snow, it may not be easy to think about spring. But, that is exactly what Debbie Finn wants folks to do.
Finn is the coordinator of the Barton County Daffodil Days which runs through Feb. 24. The observance of Daffodil Days is one of the American Cancer Society’s longest-running fund-raising events.
"As the first flower of spring, and the official flower of the American Cancer Society, the daffodil is the symbol of hope, renewal, and the promise that one day our world will be cancer free," Finn said.
The items will be delivered between March 8-11.
Available this year are:
• Bear and a bouquet for $25
• Sunshine bouquet for $15, including a glass vase with a bouquet
• Individual bouquet for $10, including about 10 daffodil stems
• Gift of Hope bouquet of daffodils delivered anonymously to someone who has been touched by cancer. These flowers will be delivered to hospitals, treatment centers, nursing homes and churches on the donor’s behalf. The donor’s names are not attached to the gift.
"It’s a pretty good fund raiser," Finn said. They may just be flowers, but it is what they represent. "Flowers make people smile."
The Barton County campaign brings in about $2,500 each year.
Proceeds are used to further cancer research and to provide programs and services in Barton County to help cancer patients, said Dana Kemp, ACS High Plains regional communications director. Such services include a loan closet with wigs and turbans, makeover sessions for female cancer patients, gas cards and discounted hotel rates for patients traveling for treatment, and a summer camp for kids diagnosed with cancer.
In addition, the society offers a website (cancer.org) and a toll-free hotline at (800)227-2345.
Daffodil Days were started by the Canadian Cancer Society in 1959 and the ACS took up the idea in the 1970s.
For more information or to place an order call Finn at 620-653-4834.