WHAT GIFT COSTS nothing but is worth more than gold? The gift of a blood donation takes precious few minutes, yet can help save the life of another.
From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 30, the American Red Cross will take blood donations at Hampstead's fire hall. Each donation not only benefits the donor and his or her family but also the Hampstead community.
To encourage more people to donate blood, Lana Fuller, a nurse with the American Red Cross, came up with a special blood-donor account for members of the Roberts Field Homeowners Association.
"At previous blood drives, I've noticed some of the blood donors live in this development," said Fuller, an association member. "I thought [if only] more people from this community would donate. We didn't have a great turnout last time."
The account allows anyone in the association who needs a transfusion to receive blood without charge. Each unit of blood typically costs upward of $380. Members, however, would be charged for the transfusion, Fuller said.
Appointments can be made by calling Sue Lewis, a Red Cross representative, at 239-9582.
Manchester blood drive
To donate blood in the Manchester area, mark your calendar for Dec. 28, when St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church will sponsor a "Holiday Blood Drive." The American Red Cross will accept donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parish Hall, 3071 Park Ave.
"Our goal is 50 donations," said Kay Spence, chairwoman of the church's Social Action Committee. "So far, we've scheduled 34. We will accept walk-ins."
Residents who have not donated since Nov. 2 may donate at this drive. Child care will be available.
Class adopts manatees
Erica Guenther's classroom at Spring Garden Elementary School has adopted two manatees, Nick and Success.
Nick is a male known for unusual underwater antics and Success is a female. Her survival of a collision with a boat inspired her name.
Guenther's 25 fourth-graders have chosen to help these gentle giants because they have become an endangered species. There are only an estimated 2,639 surviving manatees.
To adopt these creatures, the students raised about $300 by selling soda and homemade cookies at a recent school-sponsored family night. The class has received photographs, certificates and information about the marine mammals.
The class is working with the Marine Mammal Rescue program at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. During a field trip in January, the students will receive a behind-the-scenes visit, pending quarantine limitations.
Children and others throughout the United States have adopted these and 26 other manatees through the Save the Manatee Club. The club-adopted manatees have tracking devices and are often seen in Florida's shallow waters.
The donations go toward education, research, public awareness and lobbying efforts.
You can adopt a manatee, too. Write Save the Manatee Club, 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, Fla. 32751 or call 1-800-432-JOIN.
Pub Date: 12/18/96