Hospice to hand out bunches of sunshine

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By Kirsten Laskey

Los Alamos Visiting Nurses are offering the community bunches of sunshine.

This gift is available through the 15th Annual Daffodils for Hospice fundraiser.

The sun-colored flowers are shipped from California in enormous boxes. When they arrive in Los Alamos, hospice workers bunch the flowers and they are stored in a space donated by the Netuschils before and during the sale.

The flowers serve as a fundraiser for the organization.

“It’s a national initiative,” Executive Director Sarah Rochester said, “and many not-for-profit hospices do Daffodils for Hospice.”

She added 100 percent of the proceeds go toward hospice. Last year, the springtime flowers raised $19,700, “thanks to the generosity of this community,” Rochester said.

This year, she said the plan is to use some of the money to move closer to building a hospice house.

Possible locations for the hospice house are being considered but Rochester said they are hoping to break ground on the building this year.

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