The American Cancer Society Daffodil Days are upon us.

The daffodil is the first flower of spring, and is the perennial American Cancer Society symbol of hope for cancer patients throughout the community. The dollars raised through Daffodil Days enable the American Cancer Society to save more lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Receive a bunch of flowers for a donation of $10, box of 500 for $500, or a half box of 250 for $250. This year also marks the addition of Shar N. Hope, the eighth in a special Boyds™ Bear collection designed exclusively for the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days Bear and a Bunch™ that can be ordered for a donation of $25. A Vase and a Bunch offering is available for $15. Also, you can help give comfort to a child in need in your community by delivering an anonymous Boyds Bear to them with a donation of $25 to Project Care. In addition, Gift of Hope offers a chance to deliver an anonymous bunch of daffodils and cancer information to a local cancer patient with a donation of $25 or more.

Bob Stevenson, Carbon/Tamaqua Daffodil Days chair said, "The local goal is to raise $40,000 through orders for more than $4,000 daffodils."

If your business would like to participate by coordinating orders among employees, or you'd like to volunteer for the event by delivering or selling flowers, contact the Tamaqua/Carbon Chapter of the American Cancer Society at (570) 645-2162 or (888) 227-5445 x3112.

Stevenson also stressed the chapter's appreciation to all the sponsors who support the drive every year.

To place an order, call the American Cancer Society office at 570-645-2162 or 888-227-5445 x3112. The last day to place an advanced order is Tuesday, February 21; daffodils will be delivered the week of March 19-25, 2012. The last day to place daffodil orders is Tuesday, February 21.