It’s daffodil time again.
The next two weeks will be the last opportunity for presale orders of the American Cancer Society’s daffodils, bouquets of 10 buds that open into huge yellow blossoms. Volunteers have reached workers in schools, banks, hotels, offices, town halls and stores throughout the Island and will return the last week to pick up their orders.
The Vineyard for years has been among the top contributors on the Cape and Islands. Two years ago the Island was ninth in all of New England, even among universities and big corporations. This dedication to fighting the disease of cancer is most heartening.
The American Cancer Society continues its battle through its research, education, free programs and services that help people fight cancer with courage and optimism. The society offers free nights of housing to hundreds of cancer patients and family members who must travel far from home to Boston for medical treatment. Free transportation is offered daily from Woods Hole for patients going to Hyannis or Mashpee for treatments.
The Island is very much a part of these efforts. The largest daffodil day contribution was $14,000 a few years ago. Last year the contribution was $12,000, which considering the economy, was truly commendable. People who contribute their bunches or money for bunches make possible donations of the flowers to the hospital, nursing homes and senior centers.
Boxes of daffodils will arrive on Tuesday, March 23 and will be met by the volunteers who will range the Island to deliver the presales.
The next day, March 24, they will be sold at Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven and at the hospital. On Thursday, March 24, Debbie Magnuson will be selling daffodils, facing the elements, snow, rain, sleet or hopefully warm sunshine sitting outside Fella’s next to the post office in North Tisbury. We hope you all will join us.
For information, call American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or Dorothy Bangs at 508-693-0969.