Blooming profits

VNA sells daffodils to raise money

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Yellow daffodils will be popping up across Northwest Colorado on March 15 as the annual daffodil fundraiser kicks off.

Flowers can be purchased at Safeway and City Market in Craig and at the front desk at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St.

Proceeds help support Hospice and Palliative Care Services of Northwest Colorado, a division of the VNA.

The daffodil program, titled "Heralds of Hope" generates a significant amount of operating revenue for local Hospice services.

Hospice is the sole provider of home-visit care in Routt and Moffat counties, covering more than 6,700 square miles of mountainous terrain.

Hospice provides care to terminally ill patients with nurses, physicians, social workers and volunteers, as well as spiritual care and bereavement care for family and friends.

Hospice has an on-call staff available seven days a week and also can help with legal and financial concerns.

"Hospice services cover what your insurance won't cover," said Sandy Beran of the VNA.

The VNA is ordering 3,500 bunches of the daffodils, with 20 to 30 volunteers wrapping the flowers Tuesday at Alpine Floral in Steamboat Springs.

Beran will be driving more than 300 bunches to Craig for the March 15 sale.

Daffodils are $5 a bunch, or five bunches for $22.50.

"It's a good way to brighten your day and brighten someone else's at the same time," Beran said.

For information, call the VNA at 824-8233.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

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