Along with the anticipated arrival of spring comes the American Cancer Society's annual Daffodil Days event. As the first flower of spring, the daffodil represents the symbol of hope for cancer patients everywhere.
From March 14-20, patrons may purchase daffodils at the following locations from Tuesday through Friday: Save-A-Lot grocery store in St. Marys, Ridgway BiLo from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Old Brickyard in Johnsonburg from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Northwest Savings Bank on Thursday and Friday; and Wal-Mart in St. Marys on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Elk County Daffodil Days Committee Chairperson Barb Handwerger has been busy meeting with fellow committee members, including Kathy Youngmark, Rose Wortman, Sue Caimi, Barb Lorow, Mary Bea Maloney, Kellie Imbrogno, Patty Wickett, Martha Kinkead and Janet Allegretto, in planning the fundraiser.
"This is a very volunteer-driven campaign. We couldn't do this without our volunteers," said Susan Babik of St. Marys, community income development specialist for the Cancer Society's East Central Division, which includes Elk County.
Those wishing to phone in an order may do so by contacting the ACS Clearfield office at 814-765-1315 or toll-free at 1-888-227-5445.
Once again, daffodils are available by the bunch, which consists of 10 flowers, for a donation of $10, a special-edition Daffodil Days Vase of Hope and a bunch for $15; or a mini-pot of daffodils for $12. This year marks the addition of Birthdays R. Hope, the sixth in a series of special Boyds Bear collection designed exclusively for the American Cancer Society. The Bear and a Bunch is available for $25.
Through Project Care, patrons have the opportunity to purchase a Boyds Bear, which will be delivered anonymously to a child in need in their community. Similarly, the Gift of Hope offers a chance to deliver an anonymous bunch of daffodils and cancer information to a local cancer patient for a donation of $25 or more.