Daffodil Days kicks off at Harvard to support the American Cancer Society

January 23, 2013 at 4:53 am

For the 26th year, Harvard will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Days campaign. The Harvard community is invited and encouraged to participate in this year’s campaign which will run until February 22, 2013 with flowers delivered on Monday, March 18, 2013.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) Daffodil Days program is a nation-wide campaign in which volunteer coordinators promote the Daffodil Days program in the workplace, place of worship, school, neighborhood, civic organization, and community activities, and take requests for flowers.

You can give hope to people facing cancer and save lives by supporting the Daffodil Days program. The Daffodil Days program is your chance to fight back against cancer by raising funds and awareness to help beat the disease. While the Daffodil Days program involves offering daffodils every spring to donors in appreciation for their contributions, it is about more than just giving beautiful flowers - it is everyone's opportunity to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays, where cancer never steals another year from anyone's life.

In 1988 Daffodil Day at Harvard was initiated by Rita Corkery, Associate Director for Community Relations, who is a breast cancer survivor. Administered out of the Harvard Public Affairs & Communications office, Daffodil Day utilizes Harvard resources to sell bouquets of yellow daffodils and related products in the months of January and February all over the University. More than 75 coordinators in departments and schools spread the word among their colleagues to join in the fight against cancer.

The last day to place an order is February 22, 2013. Flowers and other products will be delivered on Monday, March 18, 2013 through the generosity and hard work of Harvard University Mail Services.

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to help fund research, programs and services, and all of the money raised is a direct result of the charitable giving of our faculty, students and staff. Last year Harvard was the top fundraiser in Massachusetts raising more than $42,000 in donations for the ACS and this year Harvard hopes to raise $45,000.

The following items can be ordered through your department coordinator through the end of February 2013:

• Fresh bouquets of 10 daffodils for $10.

• Bear and a Bunch includes Ray O. Hope, the 10-inch collectible 2013 Boyd’s bear with a daffodil bouquet for a donation of $25.

• Potted daffodil bulbs have three multi-stem bulbs in each pot for $15.

• Gifts of Hope provide daffodil bouquets anonymously to cancer patients in your community. Donations start at $25.

• Bear Hugs for Hope provide Daffodil Days bears anonymously to children impacted by cancer. Donations start at $25.

How to Order: All orders must be placed through a Harvard University department coordinator. Payment options include cash, check, money order, or credit card. Credit card orders can be placed through this website. If you place an order online, you must print your confirmation email (stating what you ordered) and hand it in to your department coordinator. This is the only way for us to track your order and guarantee your flowers get delivered to you.

If your department doesn’t yet have a coordinator, you can still participate. Please contact Christine Gooding in the Harvard Public Affairs & Communications office at 617-495-4955 or email community@harvard.edu.

We will be hosting a campaign kick off on Friday, January 25th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Information Center located in the Holyoke Center arcade, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue. Stop by for refreshments, pick up promotional materials to display in your office, ask questions about the campaign, and meet other department coordinators.

Read more about Harvard’s Daffodil Days Campaign in the Harvard Gazette. Check out the ACS' Daffodil Days of Massachusetts Faceboook page.