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ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

WB Booster Bingo set

BELOIT– West Branch Athletic Boosters Bingo will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the booster building, 26701 US Route 62 (former Westville Skating Rink). Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. Kitchen will be open, and instant tickets and computers will be available. For information call 330-537-2146.

Messy Church slated

BELOIT– East Goshen Friends Church, 16800 S. Range Road, will host its monthly Messy Church from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6. The theme for the interactive drive-thru event is “Christmas is Here.” The event will feature a celebration gift, cookies, a Christmas ornament, Christmas cards, at-home Minute to Win It games, juice, personal Bible and take-and-make-at-home edible nativity scene. For information call 330-537-3177 or visit eastgoshenfc.org.

EP Moose selling soup

EAST PALESTINE– The East Palestine Women of the Moose will hold a chicken noodle soup sale from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Soup will be sold in quart containers for a $5 donation. The sale will be held outside the front door located at 34 W. Rebecca St. Order ahead at 426-3510 or at the door.

Appraisers in county

LISBON– The reappraisal firm working for the county auditor’s office will be in Wellsville, Salineville, Yellow Creek Township and Madison Township. The workers are in the field from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, carry proper ID and never enter homes. If no one is home at the time, the worker will leave a questionnaire on the door that property owners are asked to fill out. For further information, call 330-424-9515 extension 1008.

Alzheimer’s forum set

YOUNGSTOWN – Residents in Mahoning County are invited to take part in a community conversation on the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the county.

The Community Forum, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, is free to attend and will be held via webinar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Pre-registration is required to receive the link to the meeting. To register for the Community Forum, call 800-272-3900 or email kelliott@alz.org.

Rebecca Hall, program director for the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, said the Forum provides an opportunity for Mahoning County residents of all ages to learn about the disease, to find out about available educational and support resources and to share their experience with the disease. The event allows Alzheimer’s Association staff to listen to the needs in the community so the Association can enhance its support of families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Greater East Ohio Area Chapter makes care and support available to 60,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease in the chapter area, and an additional 250,000 people affected through their role as caregivers. Individuals needing immediate support can call the Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Local American Red Cross blood drives planned

CLEVELAND –The American Red Cross and country music star Martina McBride have joined together this holiday season to remind people to take care of one another, sharing comfort and joy with hospital patients through the gift of blood donation. Health emergencies don’t pause for a pandemic or holiday celebrations. The Red Cross needs the help of blood donors across the country now to ensure patients continue to have access to lifesaving blood.

As the U.S. experiences a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the Red Cross is becoming increasingly concerned about the nation’s blood supply – including convalescent plasma. A convalescent plasma donation collects plasma from COVID-19 survivors because antibodies to the disease in their blood may help patients who are currently fighting the virus. Increased hospitalization of patients with coronavirus this fall and winter has caused the Red Cross to distribute a record number of COVID-19 plasma products to hospitals treating patients who are battling the virus.

This holiday season, Martina McBride is reaching out to country music fans and all eligible individuals, “If nobody has ever asked you to give blood before, I’m asking you to give blood – especially during this trying time.”

As a thank-you for helping meet the need for blood donations through Dec. 15, Suburban Propane is offering blood, platelet and plasma donors a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane, to enable a lucky winner to enjoy socially distanced celebrations with family and friends this holiday season. The prize includes a propane-powered pizza oven, fire pit, outdoor heater and stipend towards propane.

“Through our SuburbanCares initiative, giving back to our local communities is a top priority, and what better way to do that than to donate blood. Suburban is delighted to sponsor a Propane Experience Giveaway to help motivate more people to give the gift of life this holiday season,” said Nandini Sankara, spokesperson for Suburban Propane.

Eligible individuals are urged to make an appointment to donate blood now to help patients in need. Find a donation opportunity using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies which helps provide insight to donors concerning possible prior exposure to this virus. Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within one to two weeks through our Red Cross Blood Donor App or on the donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. As part of this effort, plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma. Each week, whole blood donors with COVID-19 antibodies are helping to contribute between 350-500 units of potentially lifesaving convalescent plasma for patients in need.

The Red Cross is not administering diagnostic tests intended to diagnose illness. As such, to protect the health and safety of staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Blood donation safety precautions

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions- including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

Alliance: 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at YMCA-Alliance, 205 S. Union Ave.; and 10:30 a.m. To 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Alliance Community Hospital, 200 E. State St.

Canfield: 11 a.m. To 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at Canfield Library, 43 W. Main St.; 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road

Columbiana: 1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at Das Dutch Village Inn, 150 Ohio 14

East Palestine: 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at First Church of Christ, 20 W. Martin St.

Minerva: Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at First Christian Church, 300 Lincoln Way/Rt. 30

New Middletown: 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at Zion Lutheran Church, 10857 Main St.

Salem: 2:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Elks Lodge 305, 824 E. State St.; 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at CenterPlex, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave.

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