This holiday season, when economic conditions are tough and people really want their gifts to matter, the Sandusky River Chapter of the American Red Cross is kicking off a new holiday campaign to inspire people to make a gift that can save the day for those in need.
Through the online catalog at www.redcross.org/gifts, people can make a donation that can provide food and shelter for a disaster victim for a day; a military comfort kit with a robe, phone card and other supplies for a wounded warrior; or a month of basic necessities for a family in another country who lost everything in a disaster.
“We know these are difficult times for many families and businesses in our area, but the Red Cross has seen that when Americans are in need, America always responds,” said John Bailey, executive director. “The holiday season is traditionally a time of hope and generosity and this campaign gives us all a chance to make a difference in someone’s life.”
Gifts made through the catalog are contributions toward a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item. Donations will be used to provide assistance where it is needed most within the program area.
Bay Park Community Hospital (BPCH) is looking to add to its dedicated team of volunteers.
Volunteers provide thousands of service hours within numerous areas of the hospital, such as the gift shop, materials management, human resources, Health Resource Library, medical staff office, and various other department-based positions. The program is offered to qualified individuals who have an interest in being a part of a family-centered healthcare philosophy. Both adult and teen programs are available.
All volunteers receive a free health screening, orientation and training prior to their volunteer experience. A 40-hour commitment over a six-month period is requested. For more information, contact the Volunteer Services department at 419-690-7509.
Tai chi classes starting
Tai Chi for Health, Taoist Tai Chi Beginner Classes will be offered Jan. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at Lutheran Home, 131 N. Wheeling St., Toledo.
Classes will also start Jan. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Walbridge Senior Center, 705 N. Main St., Walbridge.
Participants will learn Tai Chi, a gentle exercise that promotes flexibility, balance and relaxation. All adults are welcome. Call 419-537-0131 for more information.
Sandusky Co. offering H1N1 clinics
The Sandusky County Health Department will hold H1N1 clinics, open to everyone, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Dec. 17 from 3-7 p.m. Both clinics will be held at the Flower Building on the Sandusky County Fairgrounds.
Children age 6 months through age 9 that received their first dose of H1N1 vaccine on or before Nov. 16 can receive their second dose at these clinics.
Doors of the clinics will not open until the scheduled clinic start time. Individuals attending the clinics should dress in layers, with short sleeves available for ease of vaccination; there will be no privacy. There is no cost for the vaccine.
Questions regarding the H1N1 influenza vaccination may be directed to the Sandusky County Health Department at 419-334-6377.
The Memorial Hospital Physical Medicine Department will host bi-monthly Parkinson’s Disease support groups on the second Tuesday every other month starting in January.
The next group is scheduled for Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Fremont hospital’s Chestnut Café. Meetings will follow in March, May, July, September and November.
The Parkinson’s support group will give patients and their families a friendly environment where they can socialize with others who have shared many similar experiences, according to Lesley King, physical therapy assistant at Memorial. It will also provide information about Parkinson’s treatments, medication and research.
For more information, call King at 419.334.6630.