The Augusta Red Cross has celebrated Red Cross month with several special activities in the community during the month.

On March 3, the Safety Services kicked off the new Red Cross Family Caregiving Program. This newest program, provides nine one hour training sessions designed to help those who are faced with caring for a loved one at home.
Topics include:
• Assisting with Personal Care
• Positioning and Helping Your Loved One Move
• General Caregiving Skills
• Home Safety
• Healthy Eating
• Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease of Dementia
• Caring for a Loved One with HIV/AIDS
• Legal and Financial Issues
• Caring for the Caregiver
The streamlined one-hour sessions offer maximum benefit for minimum time and cost.
For more information about the classes or becoming a facilitator, please call Sandra Leathers, 724-8481.

On March 9, seven local Red Cross volunteers and staff, including Miss Georgia, Andrea Bailey, traveled to Atlanta for Red Cross Day at the State Capitol. After meeting with Governor Sonny Purdue, visiting both Houses of the Legislature for resolutions honoring the Red Cross, the Augusta delegates visited the 14 legislators who represent the 11 counties served by the Augusta Red Cross. Those attending event were Miss Bailey, Ray Edgar, Hal Edwards, Birnie Florie, Beth Jones, Vernon Zinnerman and Jana Hill.

On Saturday, March 13, the Augusta Red Cross joined forces with Medical College of Georgia for the 20th MCG/Red Cross Family Health Fair. Over 300 participants were able to receive important health information, including a complete blood chemistry, bone density screening, hearing screening, and nutritional information.

On March 16th, the Board of Directors honored the members who have served for ten or more years. Those honored for ten years of services were Linda Cook, Marty Koger, Dr. Bill Bloodworth and Paula Spaulding. Gail Stebbins received a pin for 20 years of service to the Augusta Red Cross. In addition, Peggy Belger, Disaster Mental Health volunteer, was honored by the National American Red Cross for 25 years of committed service to the organization. At the conclusion of the meeting, the group adjourned to the front lawn, where the newly installed flagpole was dedicated to all the volunteers of the local chapter. The flagpole, which was donated by the Knox Foundation and installed by members of Boy Scout Troop 2, under the leadership of Kirk Heath, is a welcomed addition to the front of the Red Cross building. It proudly flies both the American flag and the official Red Cross flag.

On March 19th, the kick off breakfast for HEROES for the American Red Cross was held at the Clubhouse on Washington Road. More than 50 local HEROES have pledged to raise $1000 for the American Red Cross of Augusta over the next four weeks. The Richmond and Columbia County schools have sponsored projects including dress down days, spare change drives and other activities to bring awareness to the local Red Cross services. In addition, the Columbia County EMA, Sheriff’s Department, Martinez Fire Department and a many other local businesses held a Safety Fair on Saturday, March 20th at the Evans Wal Mart parking lot to raise money for local Red Cross services, including assistance to victims of single family fires and emergency communication for the military. Thanks to sponsors of this year’s HEROES Campaign, University Health Care System, WAGT – TV 26, Beasley Broadcasting Company – WGAC News/Talk Radio and WGOR, the Augusta Chronicle and The Clubhouse on Washington Road.

And in conclusion, CPR Saturday was held on Saturday, March 27th at the Abilene Baptist Church. Approximately 80 people participated in very important life saving skills.

Looking Ahead –

• Lowe’s Pledge to Prepare campaign during the month of April.
• Red Cross Youth Board Rummage Sale at the Kroger on Columbia Road – Saturday, April 17th.
• Red Cross Volunteer Appreciation Drop In – April 20th in the Garden at Sacred Heart.
• Red Cross Youth Board Elementary School Leadership Conference – Saturday, April 24th at Augusta State University. For more information call Lynn Reese, 724-8481.
• 9th Annual Hot Southern Night with Gary Allan and The Marshall Tucker Band – Saturday, June 19th at the Augusta Greenjacket Stadium. Tickets are on sale through Tix-on-Line and at the Augusta Red Cross office. Corporate tables are available. For more information, call the Red Cross office, 724-8481.

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