St. Jane's church blood drive tomorrow


January 05, 2001|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A QUICK, MOSTLY PAINLESS way of helping the community will be offered tomorrow at St. Jane Frances Roman Catholic Church in Riviera Beach - a blood drive.

The Knights of Columbus at St. Jane's is sponsoring the Operation Share Bear holiday-season blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parish/school hall on St. Jane Drive.

Joe Turchetta, head "blood sucker" for the group, said Operation Share Bear is a regional blood-collection effort by the American Red Cross conducted Dec. 15 through Jan. 15.

"Everyone who donates a pint of blood will get to fill out a gift tag that will be attached to teddy bears that will be distributed to sick kids in local hospitals Jan. 15 through 26," Turchetta said.

The campaign, in its 10th year, helps focus attention on the continuous need for blood, no matter the season. "More than 160,000 blood units have been collected during Operation Share Bear by the American Red Cross over the past nine years. Every pint is important," Turchetta said.

Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds, and must not have been tattooed in the previous year.

For donor convenience, appointments can be scheduled, but walk-ins are welcome.

Those donating between 9 a.m. and noon will be treated to a free pancake-and-sausage breakfast. Donors from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. will get a crab-cake dinner.

All donors will receive teddy bear key chains in recognition of their gifts.

"Giving the gift of life to others and bringing a smile to a sick child - what more could you ask for?" Turchetta said.

For donor appointments or information, call Turchetta at 410-255-5653.

Fishing talk

The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will begin a new year of monthly meetings at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Earleigh Heights fire hall on Ritchie Highway.

The speaker will be Dan Harrison, captain of the Salty Fly. "Dan will be sharing his knowledge of fly fishing and bottom fishing in the Pocomoke River, Tangier Sound and the Hooper Straits," said Paul Coakley, PSG spokesman.

Membership in the group is free, and meetings are open to anglers of all ages.

Starting at this meeting, the PSG will be conducting a monthly drawing for a seat on a July 4 charter boat trip. Food and beverages, sold by the fire company, are available at the meeting.

Information: 410-HEY-FISH (439-3474), or visit the Web site at

Basket bingo

The Home School Association of St. Jane Frances School is sponsoring a basket bingo Jan. 21 in the school hall. The doors will open at 1 p.m., and games will start at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. There will be 20 regular games, three specials and raffles. Extra cards will be available for an additional charge.

Proceeds benefit the school. For tickets, call Sheila Drain, 410-437-2738.

Lions' fruit sale

The East Anne Arundel Lions Club is holding its monthly sale of Florida citrus, with orders due by Jan. 13 for navel oranges, honeybell oranges and ruby red grapefruit.

Navel oranges are available by the half case for $11 or quarter bags for $6.

Honeybells are $15 and $8 for half case or bag, and grapefruit are $17 for a full case, $10 for a half case and $5 for a bag.

Information: 410-255-7207, 410-255-1128 or 410-255-1783.

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