Businesses revive annual Daffodil Days
Two local businesses have revived Daffodil Days locally after the American Cancer Society decided to end the annual sale last year.
Beverly's Flowers, 9 E. Independence St., Shamokin, and the Treat Jar Pet Bakery, 124 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel, are distributors for this year's crop of daffodils. Proceeds will benefit the newly created Coal Region Relay for Life, a joint effort between volunteers from Shamokin and Mount Carmel, to be held June 13 and 14 at Kemp Memorial Stadium, Coal Township.
Beverly Katalenas, owner of Beverly's Flowers, said customer demand was the inspiration.
"We had people coming in asking us about daffodils, and with the program gone, I decided to take a leap of faith," she said.
"I called my wholesaler and got a good deal."
Two-thousand bunches of 10 unbloomed daffodils will be available for purchase starting Monday. This week, Beverly's and Treat Jar personnel will be going around to other businesses for orders and to place flyers and order sheets for public pre-ordering.
Regina Yentsch, co-owner of Treat Jar Pet Bakery with her daughter Heather Reibsome, is a nurse, and has seen the effects of cancer on patients and families.
"We've had a good number of sales for pre-orders, and we hope to let more people know we will have them for sale next week," Reibsome said.
$5 a bunch
The American Cancer Society conducted its Daffodil Days campaign for 40 years, noting the first flower of spring represents hope and renewal. But the program ended in 2013 because only a limited number of campaigns were still active nationwide.
"Because the program is limited to just a few areas, it is no longer possible to sustain the kind of nationwide support needed to raise funds and awareness for the fight against this life-threatening disease," the organization wrote on its website last year.
Katalenas said she's selling the bunches for $5 instead of $10.
"People can take the $10 they wanted to spend and buy two bunches, one to share and another to keep for themselves," she suggested.
More information about the sale can be found by calling Beverly's Flowers at 570-644-1747 or the Treat Jar Pet Bakery at 570-205-9871.