Daffodil donations

Flowers are probably not likely to be used in a fight, but in the fight against cancer, that’s exactly what they were used for.

The Flower Box in Minot donated the money raised from selling daffodils to the American Cancer Society, the Great West Division, on Tuesday.

This past spring, the Flower Box sold daffodils as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in support of Relay for Life, the annual all-night event held to raise awareness and support of cancer. The total sum of donation from the Flower Box was nearly $12,000.

Laurie Odden, specialist for Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society, Great West Division, said Daffodil Days, a fundraising program for the American Cancer Society, had always been done until recently but not in every state. Nationally, the program was discontinued, but Odden said it was decided that the program would be continued locally through the Flower Box. For the last seven years, the Flower Box has been the drop-off place for the daffodils. When Odden heard the daffodil program would be discontinued, she asked Nancy Larson, owner of the Flower Box, if Larson could still order daffodils, store them in the flower shop, take donations for them to go toward the American Cancer Society, and deliver them to the intended recipients. It would be like a third-party fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, Odden said.

“It was a very successful event this year,” Odden added. “And we hope to make it bigger next year.”

This year, volunteers from Relay for Life were relied on and responsible for the delivery of flowers, Odden said. Most of the work for the daffodil fundraiser was done by Relay for Life volunteers, she added. Other volunteers who helped with the fundraiser were students in the Magic City Campus Honor Society and staff from the Flower Box.

“People loved the daffodils and this was a way to continue the program,” Odden said.

Larson said the Flower Box is centrally located and it seemed to make sense that the daffodils would be where they’re picked up. There’s also no other place in town that’s big enough to store the daffodils, she added.

“It’s a worthwhile cause and I don’t know why it (the daffodil fundraiser) wouldn’t be successful,” Larson said. “I know it will get bigger next year. This is an important to me because my whole family has died from cancer.”

Donations for daffodils will be accepted again in mid-March of next year at the Flower Box.