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In the bleak midwinter there is a ray of sunshine-the Somerset County annual Blooms of Hope daffodil fundraiser. This year marks the 10th annual Blooms of Hope campaign in which residents can purchase potted daffodil plants, cut daffodils or give monetary donations in lieu of flowers to raise funds to help local cancer patients in their battle against the disease. “This is the one and only event that we do and we’re looking forward to it,” said Betty Anderson, member of the Blooms of Hope committee. This year the money raised will go to the Walk of Hope Somerset Fund, which helps local cancer patients and their families in 14 zip codes throughout Somerset County. Somerset Walk of Hope has been providing local support for local people since 2020. Donors include individuals and families, churches, schools, businesses, and organizations. Recipients may be assisted with medical bills, heating and other utility bills, car repairs or rent and mortgage payments. Bills are paid directly to vendors, and facilitated through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. The applications for assistance are made through each patients’ cancer treatment provider. “It is being used to serve patients and families throughout Somerset County zip codes, which is great,” Anderson said. “Lladel Lichty from CFA is very good about helping us.” The daffodil is not only one of the first flowers of spring, but a perennial symbol of hope for cancer patients and their caregivers.  Last year, Blooms of Hope raised $17,279.66 through flower sales and donations. The flowers will be distributed March 14, 15 and 16. To place an order, call Betty Anderson at 814-445-6698 or Jill Gary at 814-352-7147. A minimum of $50 per order is required for delivery. Orders are due by  Feb. 28.
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