BEAR IN A BUNCH
The American Cancer Society is selling daffodils on a walk-in basis for Daffodil Days, an annual fundraiser.
Why daffodils? The daffodil is the first flower of spring, the “flower of hope.” Hope is the key in fighting cancer and surviving, and spring is a time of renewal.
For more than 20 years the American Cancer Society has held Daffodil Days nationally. In 2004, sales in northeastern Oklahoma amounted to $38,000. The goal for 2005 is $40,000.
One bunch of 10 cut-stem daffodils is available for $10. They are also available by the box (50 bunches, or 500 daffodils) for $400.
This year also marks the addition of Daffodils R. Hope, a special Boyds Bear designed exclusively for Daffodil Days that can be ordered as part of the bear and a bunch for a donation of $25. Order deadline is February 14. Flowers will arrive March 10 and can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the offices of the American Cancer Society, 5110 S. Yale Ave., Suite 101.
Daffodils arrive in a tight bud, resembling asparagus. For a natural blossoming process, cut the ends of the stems approximately 1⁄2-inch and place the flowers in water. At room temperature, the flowers should open overnight.
Money raised during Daffodil Days supports American Cancer Society research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs.
For more information, call the American Cancer Society at 918-743-6767 or 888-376-1725.