Cold Spring growers plant sunflowers and grow wishes for sick children
Forty-thousand sunflower plants dot Shawn and Simonne O’Keefe’s 2.5-acre field on the edge of their property near Cold Spring.
A few have opened, but soon all of the sunflowers will be in full bloom, symbolizing not only beauty, but hope for children with life-threatening illnesses.
“Sunflowers are yellow, bright and face the sun,” said Katelyn O’Keefe, 21, and daughter of Shawn and Simonne O’Keefe. “They’re really happy, and we are trying to make children happy.”
The O’Keefe family, which also includes sons Shane, 23, and Brendan, 15, decided to plant the sunflowers for a project they call “Wish Upon A Sunflower” for the Make-A-Wish program. They will sell the sunflowers to raise money for Make-A-Wish Minnesota.
“We’re not just growing sunflowers; we’re growing wishes,” Simonne said.