Monday, August 6, 2012
Community-wide blood drive planned in September
A community-wide blood drive is scheduled for Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the St. Stephen Baptist Church.
If you are interested in donating blood, please mark the date on your calendar.
The Red Cross is experiencing a serious blood shortage. Bobby J. Matthews, MSG (Ret.), USAR Senior Army Instructor of Cross High School Senior Army Instructor Bobby J. Matthews MSG (Ret.) was recently informed that South Carolina continues to import blood from other sections of the country in order to meet its current needs. As a result, MSG Matthews was contacted and asked if he would coordinate another blood drive at Cross High School. He was also asked to conduct one in the St. Stephen area.
Currently, two blood drives are done on an annual basis at the Cross High School and this is not a problem. However, a third one is not easy to schedule, primarily because of an abundance of other mandatory events. Therefore, MSG Matthews is planning the Sept. 15 blood drive at the St. Stephen Baptist Church. Hopefully this will become an annual event.
To ensure its success, contact has been made to churches in Alvin, Pineville, Cross and other areas in close proximity to St. Stephen. As of now, there are 50 participants scheduled.
However, 20 percent usually fail to show or they can’t donate for a variety of reasons. This blood drive and the number of participants will determine if a second blood drive will be held in the future.
Anyone interested in donating blood is asked to call MSG Matthews at 899-8900 ext. 2203, or call and leave a message at 499-2513. He will need your name and a telephone number. All calls will be returned.
It is very important that these instructions are followed, because when MSG Matthews receives a name and a telephone number, he will schedule a time for the blood donor and return a phone call to the potential participant.
The St. Stephen Community History Room and Café will be open on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The menu will consist of chicken and rice, corn, slaw, rolls and homemade dessert. The cost of lunch is $7. Dine in or take out plates available.
The community café is located on Bay Street, inside of the St. Stephen History Room. Support from the public is greatly appreciated. If more information is needed or you would like to place an order, call Shelly Johnson at 670-6213.
Any youngsters aged 5-13 interested in signing up for community football can find a registration form at St. Stephen Town Hall. Sign up by Aug. 10 at Town Hall, Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. If more information is needed, call 567-3597.
Happy Birthday to A.J. Biddlecom, Stephen Clark, Karen Dennis, Robert Humbert, Bobby Marion, Sandra Owens, Lynne Russell, Ashlee Scott, Madison Wadford, Johnnie Welch and Liz Wrenn.
Prayers and Get Well
Take time out of your busy day to pray for and to offer best wishes to David Ayers and family, Meta Borop, Ruth Brassell, the family of Gene Browder, Ernestine Huxford-Conrad, Frank Conrad, Claudia Guerry, Dorothy Harris, Louise Harris, Ann Hess, Lois Hood, Gail Humbert, Eloise Judy, Earline Brown-May, Louise McMakin, Janice Mitchum, Betty Rich Morris, Louise Rich, Pedro Rivera III, Trey Smith, Georgia Thames, Aileen Welch, Mae Welch and for any unspoken prayers needed.
Pray for our troops (land, air and sea) in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, and all around the world, for them to be protected as they protect us. Keep in prayer our Gov. Nikki Haley and her family, all Veterans, SC Masons, SC Order of the Eastern Star, Rainbow families, and our school system in Berkeley County.
Heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the families and friends of Gene H. Browder.
Have a blessed week! If you have news to share, contact Betty Delk at firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on Wednesdays, the week before all scheduled events. Mail items to 195 Crest Lane, St. Stephen, SC 29479 or call 567-4370.