The Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society (ACS) recently held a kickoff at the Jim Thorpe National Bank to energize their volunteer Pre-Sale Coordinators (PSC) to begin this year's Daffodil Days campaign.

Contributions to Daffodil Days will allow the ACS to save more lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

In the coming weeks, the PSCs will offer the opportunity to those with whom they work, worship, or recreate to donate to the ACS in return for daffodil products.

A bunch of 10 daffodils is the signature item for only $10; a Vase and a Bunch, $15; or a Bear and a Bunch, $25.

"Ray O. Hope" is the ninth in a family of bears designed by Boyds just for the American Cancer Society.

There will also be Potted Mini Daffodils that can be replanted for years of continued enjoyment for only $12.

In addition to the PSCs, elementary school students in Weatherly, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, and Palmerton will be bringing home envelopes offering single daffodils for just $1 as well as the Bunch of Daffodils and the Bear and a Bunch.

All orders will be turned in by Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The flowers will arrive fresh from Washington State on Monday, March 18 and will be delivered on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Direct sales will be held Wednesday through Saturday, March 20-23, noon to 6 p.m. at the Tamaqua Boyers, Nesquehoning Redners, Jim Thorpe Market, Mallard Market in Lehighton, and at Country Harvest in Palmerton.

Volunteer Chairman, Bob Stevenson said, "I can always use more volunteers to help with the direct sales, please call me at (570) 325-2346."

This year's sponsors have already helped immensely to get things off and running.

Daffodil Days Gold sponsors are BTM Inc., and First Northern Bank & Trust.

Silver sponsors are Dr. Rosalee Rehrig, and Blue Mountain Health System for their help with giving daffodils to their Meals on Wheels recipients.

Bronze sponsors include Hiles Brothers Companies, Jim Thorpe National Bank, Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe, KNBT, Division of National Penn Bank, McDonald's of Nesquehoning, Ohl Fuel Oil, and Shafer's Pharmacy.

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

For the American Cancer Society's 40th daffodil year, the goal is $40,000, so "Give Daffodils, Give Hope."