Letter: VNA Daffodil Fundraiser a success

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank every person who participated in our annual Daffodil Fundraiser for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice and Palliative Care program.

Thank you to the team of staff and volunteers who worked so hard to plan, organize and carry out the event. Thank you to Susanne with Alpine Floral who, year after year, arranges to have our daffodils in place, drives to Denver to transport the flowers to the valley, offers her business to us for storage and wrapping, and is hugely instrumental in the sales.

Thanks to Barb Ross, who graciously supplies us with her beautiful artwork for the posters and greeting cards every year. Finally, thanks to everyone who stopped to buy daffodils or just make a donation to our organization. I cannot thank you enough.

We had another wildly successful year, selling all of our 5,000 daffodils, an increase of 500 this year. As the only Hospice provider in Moffat and Routt counties, the money raised at this event is critical to helping our organization offer end-of-life care for uninsured patients in their home or at the Rollingstone Respite House, grief support groups for children and adults, bereavement care, and community outreach in both counties.

These are all services provided by Hospice for which there is no pay source.

The outpouring of support from our community every year is a true testament to the caliber of the individuals who make our valley such a wonderful place to live. Thank you.

Shannon Winegarner

Director, Hospice and Palliative Care, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

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