The Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society recently held the kickoff for its 39th annual "Daffodil Days" fundraising event, a nationwide program of the American Cancer Society (ACS) that shares the hope for a world free of cancer.

Held at Bear Appetit Cafe on Broadway in downtown Jim Thorpe, the meeting was used to energize pre-sale coordinators so they could take the knowledge back to their places of work and places of worship.

By participating in Daffodil Days, people can make a difference in the fight against cancer and help give the gift of Hope to those who need it most.

Contributions to Daffodil Days allow the ACS to save more lives and enhance life by helping people fight back, stay well, get well, and finding cures.

The pre-sale coordinators received a listing of the many different Daffodil Day products that are available to those who wish to donate. They range from bunches of Daffodils, potted mini Daffodils, a vase and a bunch, a Bear and a bunch, etc.

One example is the 10-inch Boyds bear named "Shar N. Hope", which has been specially designed for the ACS, and can be ordered for a donation of $25 while supplies last.

Live Daffodils are harvested in Washington state in early March and shipped across country to this area by UPS. Arrival time is set for March 19, at Hiles Brothers in Summit Hill. The Woman's Club of Panther Valley and the Panther Valley National Honor Society students will help them fill their orders.

Tom Harper, ACS East Region Community Income Development Director, said that in the past "the fund raiser response to Daffodil Days in this area of the country has been overwhelming."

Pre-sales orders are being taken now and direct sales will run from March 21-24. The times are generally from noon to 6 p.m. for direct sales.

The direct sales locations include the Jim Thorpe Market; Redners in Nesquehoning; Mallard Market in Lehighton; Boyers in Tamaqua; and Country Harvest in Palmerton.

Anyone desiring more information or wishing to pre-order any items can call the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the ACS office in Lansford at 570-645-2162 or leave a voice mail at 888-227-5445, ext. 3112.

Anyone wishing to become a volunteer with the American Cancer Society may call those same numbers.