Safe House donations help keep kids from harm


July 30, 1999|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EVERY YEAR thousands of children are killed or injured in and around the home. In most cases, these accidents could have been avoided if the child had been given basic lessons in household safety.

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company is dedicated to teaching children the importance of fire and home safety.

The company is looking for donations to purchase Safe House, a small, realistic house designed to teach children safety lessons that could mean the difference between life and death.

Safe House is a vinyl, portable house that can be taken to schools, day-care facilities, carnivals or used at the fire station. It is painted to resemble a little house and includes a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and garage.

The house is equipped with a heated door, functioning practice emergency phones, companion coloring books, lesson cards, safety posters, a push-out window with escape ladder, a smoke machine, a lesson handbook, a "Safe Sam" puppet and smoke detectors.

Safe House costs $4,500 and the Mount Airy fire company is looking for tax-deductible donations to support this effort. The deadline for donations is Aug. 15. Donations: Mount Airy Fire Prevention Chairwoman Debbie Gartrell, 410-875-9587.

Community blood drive

A community blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.

The drive is sponsored by the American Red Cross-Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region. To donate: 410-549-6223.

Kiwanis golf tournament

Mount Airy Kiwanis Club, assisted by Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, will hold its annual golf tournament at 9 a.m. Monday at WestWinds Country Club in New Market.

The fee of $60 per person includes a cart, prizes, lunch at New York J&P Pizza in Mount Airy and a two-for-one certificate from WestWinds. The cost to sponsor a hole is $60. Call Larry Johnson at 301-831-5625 or Jeff Kilgour at 301-829-1270 to play or be a sponsor.

Winfield crab feast

Winfield Volunteer Fire Department is holding an all-you-can-eat crab feast from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday gat the Winfield carnival grounds. The menu includes steamed crabs, fried chicken, salads, corn on the cob, crab soup, a fruit bar, sodas, tea and beer. Tickets are $23. Information: 410-795-4640.

Senior center events

Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave., is offering a presentation on insomnia at 10: 30 a.m. Wednesday.

The speaker is Becky Brown of the Carroll County Health Department.

Topics include insomnia and related disorders, normal changes in sleep as people age, how insomnia affects a person's life and practical steps for regaining a satisfying night's sleep.

Free blood pressure tests will be given by the county Health Department at the center from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Pub Date: 7/30/99

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