Do a good deed, or donate blood, and be rewarded five times over NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

NEIGHBORS

July 09, 1993|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

We've been thinking a lot about charity at my house this past month.

We finally have a calmer household, what with school, Scouts, the Savage Community Association and homemakers club on hiatus for the summer. So, we're discussing issues that have been tabled for a while. Now there's a campaign that urges us to give five, either five hours a week, or 5 percent of our incomes.

It's a good program. But I think it is too high a standard for many people and too restrictive of the options in charity. What the campaign neglects to offer as an option in the five hours or 5 percent choice is the role of genius and the uniqueness of our bodies.

So if you cannot donate five hours a week, and some of us cannot, how about offering some special talent, or piggyback some other activity. For instance, if you deliver meals on wheels, how about also delivering books to shut-ins? The client pool may be similar, you do two good deeds for the price of and in the time of one. Clever you.

Or donate bits of yourself, literally. In a mere one hour, you can give the gift of life. No one's come up with a really good substitute for blood. Yet your wondrous body automatically will replace what you give.

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The Howard County library system is looking for volunteers to take books and other materials to homebound patrons who cannot get to the library. Commitments vary, but usually a volunteer spends two to four hours per month selecting books and delivering them.

This terrific program has been around for 15 years and serves a small but avid and literate group of patrons. Call Louise Riemer at (410) 313-7918 to volunteer or to use the service. Volunteers need a valid driver's license.

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Traditionally, blood supplies fall to a yearly low during the summer. With more people on the roads during vacation, there are more accidents and, therefore, there is a greater demand for blood. Unfortunately, blood donors are also going on vacation, so there is a smaller supply.

Here's a way to contribute life at essentially no cost. The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the Savage United Methodist Church at the corner of Foundry and Baltimore streets Thursday, July 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call Tom Hoffman at 551-5889 to sign up. Be a hero, save a life this month. Donate blood.

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The Howard County Group of the Sierra Club is continuing its efforts to control erosion and to clean up the area around the Middle Patuxent River at River Park.

In early May, the group and assorted volunteers cleared out trash and discarded appliances from the area. Then the stalwart crew planted trees, some donated by Botanical Decorators, along the river.

The erosion-control project continues. AT&T recently reseeded its right-of-way and enclosed the area with a fence so that unauthorized vehicles won't damage the fragile vegetation.

The next phase of the project continues this weekend. Volunteers are still needed to reseed the eroded areas. The Colonial Pipeline company has donated $500 toward the project. Now what's needed is sweat equity.

Come join your neighbors Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the end of Kindler Road, off Johns Hopkins and Gorman roads near U.S. Route 29.

The group plans to start as early as possible to avoid the worst of the heat. Bring metal rakes, hoes, drinking water and energy.

In one early Sunday's bit of labor, you can do your five hours or 5 percent charity service, and still have time to barbecue. Call Susan Polniaszek at (410) 531-6658 for more details.

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Annette Gaskins and Val Fagin of the county library system present A Touch of Humor, a 45-minute noon book discussion at the Savage branch Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Bring your lunch to the discussion group. No registration required. The library will provide coffee. Call (410) 313-7860 for more information.

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You may have noticed new faces in the Savage library recently. The staff members of the new Elkridge branch library are honing their skills and familiarizing themselves with the new computer systems.

The Elkridge staff has been in Savage for a week or so following training at the Miller and Central branch libraries.

However, some of the new faces will remain. Corinne Brown and Patricia Van Huss will join the Savage staff, replacing Stephan Freed and Bob Hibbert, who are moving to Elkridge.

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June is the month of graduations. Family and friends rejoice with the graduates for a job well done.

This year, Charlene Anderson, Rosie Anderson, Rhonda Bailey, Dina Busacco, Roxie Davidson, Wayne Devenny, Patty Durand, Antoinette Elgert, Sharon German, Leslie Groomes, Anita Hawkins, Marietta Howes, Patricia Kolpak, Annette Lawson, Susan Petroski, Danid Gonzales, Roberta Rhea, Tracy Shifflett and Samira Solomon have fulfilled the requirements for a high school diploma with the help of volunteers and staff of Project Literacy, a service of the Howard County library.

These 19 graduates joined more than 130 other students and volunteers at a graduation ceremony June 21. The literacy staff thanks Ellicott Mills Middle School and the Soroptimist International of Howard County for funding the ceremony and reception. Thanks also to the staff of Centennial High School for the loan of caps and gowns. Congratulations to all.

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Justin Ho, an eighth-grader from Bethel Christian Academy, received an honorable mention in the Howard County Library art competition.

Justin's work, and that of the other 10 winners of an honorable mention, will be displayed at the new Elkridge Library. The seven winning entries will be etched on glass and form a decorative canopy that will grace the entrance to the children's room of the new library. The art competition theme was the rain forest canopy.

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