Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

July 07, 2004

Hospital's program for first-time parents is given $3,000 grant

Howard County General Hospital has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Columbia Foundation for the hospital's Healthy Families Howard County program.

The grant will be used to help pay for the 24-hour WARM line, a telephone support line for new parents. The service receives about 22 calls a month.

Healthy Families Howard County provides educational and emotional support to first-time parents, from pregnancy through their child's first five years. The program began in November 2001 with a grant from the Local Children's Board.

The WARM line can be reached at 410-715-3716.

Cat adoption show set Sunday in Columbia

The Howard County Cat Club will hold an adoption show from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Petco store, 6181 Old Dobbin Lane.

The cats available for adoption have been neutered or spayed, vaccinated, and tested for feline leukemia and FIV.

The Howard County Cat Club provides free behavior consultations by telephone or e-mail, helps people find new homes for cats they cannot keep.

Information: 410-730-3679. To see cats available for adoption: www.howardcountycats.pet finder.com.

Backpacks, school supplies being collected for children

Prepare for Success is raising money to buy backpacks and school supplies for next school year for Howard County children from low-income families.

The project has provided school supplies and a new backpack to almost 4,000 county children during the past three years. Its goal for this year is 1,500 backpacks.

School supplies that are needed include backpacks, boxes of eight and 24 crayons, highlighters, zipper pouches, 12-inch rulers, pencil boxes, single-subject spiral notebooks, subject dividers, composition books, two-inch binders, three-hole lined paper, erasable pens, No. 2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, blunt scissors, red pens and folders.

Drop-off boxes for supplies and backpacks will be available through Aug. 10 at Howard County libraries, government buildings, Columbia Association recreation facilities, Columbia village centers, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the Columbia Bank, ExploraWorld, Ascend One and the Body Factory.

Financial contributions can be mailed to Prepare for Success, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21045.

Information: Mike Clark, 410-309-9695.

Red Cross reports need for blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac blood services region of the American Red Cross has reported a significant drop in donations and a shortage of blood products for patients in area hospitals.

Anyone who wants to donate blood should call 800-GIVE- LIFE.

Apheresis (platelet) donors can call 800-272-2123 for information and appointments.

Businesses and community groups willing to hold blood drives should call 800-787-9282, Ext. 4925.

Food service program's hot line offers assistance

The Center for Poverty Solutions, with grants from the Maryland Department of Education and the state attorney general's office, is operating a toll-free hot line this summer to direct callers to the nearest Summer Food Service Program.

The program offers sites throughout Maryland where children can receive meals and participate in summer activities.

The hot line, 877-731-9300, will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 27.

CA seeks five volunteers for budget subcommittee

The Columbia Association's board of directors is seeking five residents to serve one-year terms on its budget subcommittee.

Anyone interested should send a letter and a resume by mail to Rafia Siddiqui, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044; or by fax to 410-715-3042.

Information: 410-715-3130.

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