CNIB again selling crocuses as fundraiser

While the prospect of working in your flower bed simply may be a dream right now, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind is hoping people will get into the mood to buy a new crocus plant in the next few weeks.
The CNIB once again is selling purple imported Dutch crocus plants for its “Focus on Crocus” fundraising campaign, and the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau has begun taking orders in anticipation of them being delivered here in the first week of February.
Order forms are being faxed out to local businesses right now so people can place large group orders, noted Karen Haney, assistant co-ordinator for the Volunteer Bureau.
The filled-out forms then can be faxed back to the Volunteer Bureau at 274-5456.
If your workplace doesn’t receive a fax, call the Volunteer Bureau (274-9555) to place an order.
It’s preferable that people pre-order because by the time the crocuses are delivered, there might not be any left for sale, Haney noted.
Hundreds of pots—each holding five-six bulbs—are scheduled to be delivered here on the morning of Feb. 1, at which time they will be available for pick-up and walk-in sales (while supplies last) at the Volunteer Bureau, which is located in the old CN station.
The sale will continue until the end of that week, or while supplies last.
The cost is $4 per pot or three for $10. People can pay by cash or a cheque made out to the CNIB.
There also will be flower pots, hand-painted by the visually-impaired, available at the Volunteer Bureau for the duration of the crocus sale.
Organizers are expecting the annual fundraiser to be a success once again.
“Last year went pretty well,” said Haney, noting about 500 plants were bought last February. “I think it’s because people want spring to come.”
In recent years, the CNIB’s “Focus on Crocus” campaign has generated an average of $15,000 to support local services at no cost to the roughly 1,350 visually-impaired residents in Northwestern Ontario.