• Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blood set for Sept. 21 in St. Stephen
A blood drive will be held at St. Stephen Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 in the fellowship hall. 
Sign-ups will be held on Sundays before and after church services. To participate in the drive, please see Sgt. Bobby Matthews or Beatrice Brown to make your appointment. Contact Sgt. Matthews at 899-8900 for more information. 
All donors will receive a coupon for a free hair cut from Sports Clips.
To encourage strong donor participation, the following facts are being shared:
• Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
• More than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day.
• A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. (2006).
• The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately three pints.
• The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
• The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
• A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
• Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98 percent of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives;
more than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
Let’s support the drive and donate.
For more information visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
School is back
Well, we’re back in the classroom and our children are preparing for a successful year of learning.
We all know that it takes everyone working together to build a strong, positive future for this generation of students, as well as those to come. It takes a whole village to raise a child because a child is an active social being who interacts with people who are not his or her parents.
With each interaction, it is imperative that the child receive the same messages as to what is right and wrong, what is valued and what is to be rejected, and what is safe. It is the shared values of the village, the shared commitment to each child as a loved individual and future citizen of the village, and the shared sense of collective responsibility that underscore the truth of why it takes a whole village to raise a child.
If the village does not support the proper raising of a child, then a parent has a difficult road indeed, and the child is at risk.
A village is comprised of a diverse array of people of all ages and experiences, each of whom has something to teach a child.
Similarly, “it takes a village” to achieve any large civic goal. It takes a shared vision, a set of shared values, and a shared sense of collective responsibility for the common good. I ask each of us to become actively involved, in positive ways, in assisting our schools in achieving their goals for our students this year.
Each one of us needs to become a member of the school’s village by supporting, assisting, encouraging and being present when called upon to move our schools forward.
Keeping in Prayer
Viola Middleton, Ruth Williams, Emily Jones, Vanilla Thompson, Lucille Edwards, Ernestine G. Williams, Ernestine M. Williams, Gracie Williams, Annie Wiggins, Lamont Halback, Louise King, Loretta White, Annie Graves, Deloris Montgomery, Dr. Hattie Martin, Noel Smalls,  Margie Prioleau, Dorothy Williams, Rufus Smalls,  Cousin Alice, Julia Jenkins, Victoria Middleton, Naomi Fashion, Monica Booker, Betty Ravenell, Barbara Manigault,  Hazel Crawford, Rufus Smalls, Dorothy Williams,  Elder Jeremiah Washington, Hazel Crawford, Annie L. Crawford, Patricia Casey, and all others in need of attention.
Items of Interest
Send items of interest to Yvonne J. Barnes, 1458 Colonel Maham Dr., Pineville, SC 29468. Call (843) 567-4182 or email ybarnes@homesc.com.

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