The event has raised about $15,000 to $17,000 in past years for the nonprofit Northwest New Mexico Hospice program

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FARMINGTON — The annual Daffodil Days fundraiser for Northwest New Mexico Hospice is underway, and nearly 30,000 flowers are expected to be sold across San Juan County this week.

It's the 18th year for an event that raises funds for the nonprofit hospice program operated by Presbyterian Medical Services.

Laura Ann Crawford, the PMS northwest region director, said the Northwest New Mexico Hospice is the only nonprofit hospice program in San Juan County.

The program provides quality end-of-life support to patients at their residences and retirement homes. Patients and their families are not charged for the services.

About 80 patients and their families benefit annually from the fundraiser, according to Crawford.

Daffodil Days typically raises between $15,000 and $17,000 a year for the hospice program, Crawford said.

About purchased by Citizens Bank and donated to the fundraiser with the proceeds from the sales going to the hospice program.

Crawford said there has been an increase in the number of online purchases made on the PMS website.

Online orders and those made by telephone will be delivered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

About 30 volunteers will convene at the First Presbyterian Church in Farmington Monday to assemble the flowers for orders and prepare for booths that will sell daffodils later this week.

Nine businesses in Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington will join the First Presbyterian Church in selling the daffodils in bunches, small arrangements, arrangements and buckets on Friday and Saturday.

The bucket is new this year and contains 200 flowers for $100, Crawford said.

The First Presbyterian Church at 865 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington will also sell daffodils from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

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Buying flowers

Cost: $6 for a bunch or two bunches for $10; $10 for a small arrangement; $30 for an arrangement or four arrangements for $100, $100 for a bucket

Sam's Club: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 4500 E. Main St. in Farmington

Walmart East: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 4600 E. Main St. in Farmington

Walmart West: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1400 W. Main St. in Farmington

TJ's Downtown Diner: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 119 E. Main St. in Farmington

Citizen's Bank: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 500 W. Broadway Ave. in Farmington

Smith's Food and Drug: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 600 E. 20th St. in Farmington

Safeway: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 3540 E. Main St. in Farmington

Aztec Safeway: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 415 N. Main Ave. in Aztec

Farmer's Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 401 W. Broadway Ave. in Bloomfield

First Presbyterian Church: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at 865 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington

Delivery: Delivery is available for orders of $50 or more within Farmington city limits. For more information, email Lisa Bailey at lisa.bailey@pmsnm.org.

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