Blood drives, volunteering and outreach around LaGrange & Troup County — You Can Help
LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Charter Bank on 20th Avenue in Valley, Alabama, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday.
• The Historic Langdale Mill Farmers Market of Valley, 3 p.m.–6 p.m. Friday.
Drivers needed for disabled veterans
The Disabled American Veterans van needs volunteer drivers to take veterans about once a month to VA medical centers. The van goes to Atlanta, East Point and Newnan each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and to Central Alabama Medical Center in Tuskegee on Tuesdays and Fridays. Volunteer drivers must be at least 19 years old, have a three-year clean driving record and pass a complete physical exam, which is provided free by the VA hospital. To volunteer as a driver or schedule a ride-along, call Dave Lyons at 706-882-7825.
Center seeking donations for clothes, money
The Yolanda Jabaley Clothing Center is in need of children’s clothes and clothes for teenagers. Money donated to the center is used to buy new underwear and shoes. Hours of the center are 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, August through May. To donate items when the center isn’t open, call director Rose Meister at 706-302-0179 or Fern Bergeron at 706-885-9388. Monetary donations may be made to Bergeron, center president, at 114 Hawthorne Circle, LaGrange, GA 30240.
Hospice seeking volunteers
West Georgia Hospice hosts volunteer training twice a year. For information on upcoming classes and information, contact Tammy Forbus, volunteer coordinator, at 706-845-3962 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Way Merry Market fundraiser vendors sought
United Way of West Georgia is currently accepting applications for the fifth annual Merry Market to be held Oct. 22–24 at the Callaway Conference Center on the West Georgia Technical College campus on Fort Drive. Merry Market offers gifts, accessories and items by vendors, with proceeds funding early learning programs in Troup County. Prospective merchants can download an application through our website www.merrymarketlagrange.com.
Care baskets for breast cancer patients
The Troup County breast cancer support group, Breast Friends for Life, is in need of new or gently used baskets. BFFL makes gift baskets for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Baskets need to have a handle. No Christmas or Easter baskets. Baskets may be dropped off with Wanda Lowe at Enoch Callaway Cancer Center, 111 Medical Drive next to West Georgia Health. For more information, contact Lowe at 706-845-3866.
Troup Cares clinic seeking volunteers
Troup Cares, a free medical clinic for the working, uninsured in Troup County, is seeking volunteers. The group is seeking office volunteers to serve in a variety of positions and volunteer MDs, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, RNs, LPNs, CNAs and medical assistants. Anyone interested in helping may contact Laura Breyfogle at 706-882-1191 ext. 205 or email@example.com.