The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.
Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected.
“Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.”
Donations requested for temporary housing
It’s been about two weeks since John Naves received a text about a disabled veteran and his wife who were struggling with serious health issues and had no place to live.
Since that time Naves, founder and chaplain of a new charity dedicated to serving the poor and hungry in Pickens, has worked exhaustively to help the couple. Now Naves and other Love thy Neighbors volunteers are reaching out to the community for donations to help the Johnsons.
Representative Rick Jasperse speaks to the Rotary Club. Education, health care, cannabis oil, gun control, religious liberty and casino gambling to be center stage in Atlanta.
By Max Caylor
“Following Governor Deal’s Amendment 1 defeat by voters he will be rolling out Plan B to address failing schools in Georgia as one of his main agenda items,” said District 11 Representative Rick Jasperse speaking at Rotary last week highlighting the 2017 legislative session.
Mike McGhee leaving on “Clara” for a ride around the country. Follow his progress at his blog, Singing Cyclist Circles the States.
It was raining lightly on January 1 when Jasper’s Mike McGhee got on Clara, his faithful recumbent bicycle, loaded down with all kinds of bulging bags plus a guitar strapped to the back.
I mentioned something about the poor cycling weather, McGhee replied that if he were worried about a little rain, he wouldn’t be doing this at all.
Pickens resident Scott Rumery, who peaked at over 450 pounds (at right), has shed 70 but has a long way to go to reach his goal weight of 220.
It’s been just over six months since Scott Rumery underwent bariatric surgery as a last-ditch effort to lose weight, having peaked at over 450 pounds.
Rumery, who was blinded by the degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa, has always struggled with obesity. The self-proclaimed food addict said things reached critical mass and became a life-or-death situation. He couldn’t even walk from the bathroom to the living room without losing