You can help: Ways to give in the Troup County community
LifeSouth hosts blood drives
With the blood supply reaching emergency levels, LifeSouth is seeking blood donations of all blood types.
The heavy rains from Tropical Storm Colin have already impacted donations in Florida, while increased usage at hospitals and the slowdown in donations that often comes with summer’s arrival, combined to trigger the emergency. LifeSouth declares an emergency when the reserve blood supply that is used to restock hospitals drops to less than a two-day level. types O-negative and O-positive, and platelet donations are especially needed.
Donors must be 17 years or older, or 16 with parental permission, and weight at least 110 pounds. Donors must also be in good health, and a photo ID is required.
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• 3418 20th Ave. in Valley, Ala., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday.
• City of Roanoke on Main Street, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday.
• Capital City Bank of West Point, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday
• Valley Bowl, U.S. Highway 29 in Valley, 4 p.m.–9 p.m. Thursday
• New Community Church of LaGrange 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday.
Food bank seeks volunteers
Feeding the Valley food bank on Gordon Commercial Drive in LaGrange is seeking volunteers to help unload food delivery trucks, stock pantry shelves, help customers and more. Anyone wanting more information or to volunteer may call Feeding the Valley’s LaGrange warehouse coordinator, Denná Muncy, at 762-822-1712.
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 Jake Christman, 706-412-4377.
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.
Center seeking donations for clothes, money
The Yolanda Jabaley Clothing Center is seeking volunteers and gently used clothing donations, and new packages of socks and underwear for men, women and children. Money donated to the center is used to buy new underwear and shoes. The center is open 10 a.m.–noon Tuesdays and 1–3 p.m. Thursdays. Anyone interested can contact Wanda-Ann Kinnaman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailed donations also may be sent to: Yolanda Jabley Clothing Center, Attn. Wanda-Ann Kinnaman, c/o First United Methodist Church, 401 Broad St., LaGrange, GA 30240. Donations should not be left outside the clothing center when it is closed.