The Hoxworth Blood Center is looking ahead to head off potential blood shortages during the summer.
Meeting at Allen Temple in Bond Hill on Wednesday to plan training sessions for churches in conjunction with the Hoxworth Blood Center are: Sharon Hardy (from left), donor consultant for the Hoxworth Blood Center; the Rev. Donald H. Jordan Sr. of Allen Temple A.M.E. Church; Helen Miles Williams, director of volunteer services for Hoxworth Blood Center; and Len Sauers, a Procter & Gamble volunteer.
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Helen Miles Williams, director of volunteer services, said Hoxworth is reaching out to faith-based organizations to get help training volunteers to set up blood drives.
"We are starting this program because we know during the summer months the blood supply will be low while the demand will be high," Williams said. "Nationwide, 20 to 25 percent of hospitals usually have to cancel surgeries because of the lack of blood.''
Williams said the new programs will work specifically through churches in the African-American community to train volunteers who will become Hoxworth volunteer representatives. The representatives will set up blood drives.
"Our plans are to have an orientation and three training sessions, starting in May,'' Williams said.
The Rev. Donald Jordan, pastor of Allen Temple AME Church, in Jordan Crossing, 7030 Reading Road, Bond Hill, welcomes the program.
"We already have several programs pertaining to health issues in the African-American community, and one more will be good,'' Jordan said.
He said the church already has a program under its Life Management Institute, which operates with the Barrett Cancer Center at the University of Cincinnati in which African-American men are tested for prostate cancer on Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m., at the church.
"We are trying to get a grant to set up a program for testing for juvenile diabetes,'' Jordan said.
Lauren Fraley, a senior at Holmes High School, Covington, is one of five national Scholastic Art and Writing Portfolio Gold Award recipients.
The award carries with it a $10,000 scholarship. And Lauren, 17, along with three guests, is invited to the Scholastic Art and Writing ceremonies in New York City in June. It also includes a reception at the Plaza Hotel and another at Gracie Mansion.
"This comes at a good time, when I am thinking about going to college,'' Lauren said. "Winning the award is exciting. I put a lot of work into the portfolio.''
She has been accepted at Northwestern University, Smith College and the College of William & Mary. She said she is leaning toward studying international politics.
Her winning portfolio was made up of a 10-page manuscript of original poetry. It was chosen from more than 3,000 qualified portfolios submitted nationwide.
Several poems were written while Lauren was studying at the Governors School for the Arts two years ago. Some were written as part of her international baccalaureate course at Holmes.
She is also the recipient of the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Award, and an Overture Writing Award.
Lauren, of Taylor Mills, is the daughter of Charles and Debra Fraley.
Food bank replenished
Acts of kindness by a retirement home and a fitness center led to a hefty supply of food for the food bank in Martins Ferry, Ohio, an economically disadvantaged area in Southeastern Ohio.
The Episcopal Retirement Home teamed with the Hyde Park branch of Curves fitness center to conduct a food drive for the deprived town after hearing of the plight of Martins Ferry residents since the steel industry collapsed there.
The monthlong drive in March gathered about 1,200 pounds of nonperishable food, which was picked up by Tom and Betty Jane Atkinson of Cambridge and delivered to the food bank at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Martins Ferry.
"The food bank in Martins Ferry was completely depleted," Atkinson said.
She is a participant in the East Central Ohio Area Ministry, a group that supports poverty-stricken churches and individuals in Southeast Ohio. "We are so thankful for this opportunity and overwhelmed by the generosity," she said.
Jill Haffner, public-relations officer at Episcopal Retirement Homes Inc., said the home usually does a Christmas food drive for the children of Martins Ferry each year.
"We are still delivering food from this drive," Haffner said. "The first load filled an oversized SUV."
Martins Ferry, with a population of 7,000, was settled in 1785, and is Ohio's oldest settlement.
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