By Bree Sison, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) — About 100 volunteers showed up in Kenmore Square on Saturday morning to plant thousands of flower bulbs to help overcome the Boston Marathon bombing.

“We decided that we should do something to bring life back,” said Marathon Daffodils Team captain Kathy Thomas.

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The project was inspired by the North End’s Daffodil Day, held the day before Marathon Monday. Organizer Diane Valle set a goal of raising $1,000 per mile, for the 26.2 miles of the marathon course, and then using the money to plant flowers. Daffodils were chosen for both their hearty attributes, and their yellow color that matches the Boston Marathon colors.

The project has raised nearly $24,000 to date and planted about 95,000 bulbs in the seven communities along the marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston.

“Distance runners are so inspiring,” said volunteer Fran Visconti, who bought her own bulbs to plant at businesses near her home in Natick. “I’ll probably never run this thing but you know this is something we can do to show our community with them.”

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Private homeowners and businesses are encouraged to plant daffodils along the route.

Donations can be sent to: “Marathon Daffodils,” The Cooperative Bank, 201 Main St., Charlestown, MA 02129.


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