Hughesville Locals Nov. 25, 2015
We all knew that snow was possible now that we are in late November, right? I have spent some time in western PA lately and saw snow for a major portion of the day last Sunday. It wasn’t a major event, thankfully, but was a good reminder that I need to make sure I have a warm hat, gloves and a scarf with each coat. The end of this week should be a bit more moderate in temperature. Of course we all know we can’t get used to that this time of year.
We are celebrating our gifts and blessings at this time of year and as we do that, let’s remember that we can give gifts that can ensure survival. The American Red Cross is encouraging individuals and organizations to do something that will really make a difference this holiday season by making a lifesaving blood donation or hosting a blood drive. Donations often decline from now to New Year’s Day. Holiday festivities pull people away from their donation appointments and illnesses can also have a serious impact on blood donations. There are fewer blood drives during the winter months when many hosting organizations postpone drives while people are traveling for the holidays, and severe winter weather may also cause blood drives to be cancelled.
Despite the busy holiday season and the threat of extreme freezing weather, the need for donor blood remains steady. Organizations can help by hosting a blood drive during the winter months, and individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative, and AB blood
Your next local opportunity to donate the gift of life will be at the Hughesville Fire Hall at Railroad and Water Streets on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 1 to 5:45 PM. It is impossible to overstate the importance of this effort to benefit others.
Another important way to help our local community this season is by shopping at our downtown businesses. You will be amazed at all the wonderful gifts you can find without leaving Hughesville’s shopping district, and while you shop for others you can get your “5 to Drive” card stamped for your chance to win some wonderful prizes provided by the members of the Greater Hughesville Business Association. All prizes will be awarded following next Sunday’s Christmas parade.
Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony coming Friday night, December 4th at 7 p.m. Santa will be making his arrival before the holiday party on Sunday, Dec. 6th.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!