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Rome News-Tribune. X December 2021.
Editorial: Because it is by giving that we receive
What better way to celebrate this holiday season than to help someone in our community enjoy it too.
Many of us are blessed with wonderful families, warm homes, great food, jobs, and good health – things we should be thankful for. And this is the time of year to be especially grateful. But we also need to remember that there are people in our community – our neighbors – who may not have many things that we sometimes take for granted.
And that’s why it’s the perfect time of year to think about others.
We know there is plenty to do this holiday season. We know you have gifts to buy and wrap, food to cook, parents to visit, and a house to decorate. But if those of us lucky enough to have all of these things to do can save a minute and a few dollars, we can make sure some of our neighbors are having a better Christmas than they otherwise would have.
There are so many ways we can help those less fortunate here in our community. And it doesn’t have to take a lot of your time or a lot of money. There are people and organizations in Rome and Floyd County that would benefit greatly from a little show of support.
We’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of some of the local organizations that may need help this holiday season as they try to bring warmth and joy to different areas of the community. We hope you will consider supporting them or finding another local organization that you would like to help.
1. Open Door Children’s Home – meets the needs of dependent, neglected and / or abused children in Northwest Georgia. opendoorhome.org
2. Sheriff Santa – provides Christmas gifts to over 700 area children and teens. Contact Mechelle Cliatt at 706-291-4111, ext. 8812, or email him at [email protected]
3. Hospitality House for Women – provides emergency and outreach support services to victims of domestic violence. hospitalityhouseforwomen.org
4. Floyd County PAWS – is responsible for animal control operations including field operations, shelter management and care, and animal adoption / rescue program. floydcountygov.ga/animal-control
5. The Davies Shelters – provides beds and shelter for homeless men and women and the resources to help them overcome homelessness. davieshelter.com
6. Rome-Floyd Community Kitchen – A non-profit organization dedicated to feeding those in need in Rome and Floyd County. romefloydcommunitykitchen.org
7. Summit Quest – offers outdoor activities, scholarships, support and resources for children and their families affected by cancer. mysummitquest.org
8. Network Day Services – provides services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them become more independent and self-reliant. networkday.org
9. Compassionate Paws – is a community partner of Pet Partners. The local group takes therapy animals to visit area hospitals and assisted living facilities, participates in community events, visits local colleges, and participates in the Read with Me program in schools and libraries. romepaws.org
10. Harbor House – provides services to children who may have been victims of serious sexual or physical abuse and offers prevention programs to end the abuse before it begins. nwga-cac.org
11. Living Proof Recovery – help maintain the long-term recovery needs of the community through advocacy, training, peer support and spiritual counseling. livingproofrecovery.org
12. Sexual Assault Center of NWGA – provides confidential, human rights care, support and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault, while promoting awareness and prevention in the community. sacnwga.org
13. Floyd Felines – a 501 (c) 3 registered non-profit group, formed to help save homeless, helpless, and “at risk” cats from open-admission shelters in Northwest Georgia. floydfelines.org
14. AIDS Resource Council – a community-based HIV / AIDS education and service organization serving those infected, as well as those affected by the HIV / AIDS epidemic in the 10 counties of Northwest Georgia. Search Facebook or call 706-290-9098.
15. 100 Black Men of Rome – their mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. 100bmor.org
16. DIGS – provides safe housing, work and leisure opportunities for adults with developmental problems. digsromega.org
17. Rome For the Rescues – Provides funds and support to various animal welfare organizations in the region. romefortherescues.org
These are just a few of the organizations that work to improve our community and meet the needs of others.
We couldn’t list everyone, but there are many more. If you are able to help them in any way, know that you are helping the local people and the animals that need it most.
Thanks for the reading.
Dalton Daily Citizen. December 7, 2021.
Editorial: Flu season hasn’t hit hard yet, but take steps to avoid getting sick
While the season of gifts and joy is here, another season has arrived, bringing fever, nausea and body aches – flu season.
According to the latest influenza update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Nov. 27: “Seasonal influenza activity in the United States remains low, but in recent weeks the number of influenza virus detections reported by clinical laboratories and public health care has increased, and the percentage of outpatient visits for respiratory illness has increased.
Health officials are concerned about the effect a widespread influenza season would have on hospitals and emergency rooms as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the flu season in the region has not yet peaked, it is a good time to remind people of the daily steps they can take to avoid catching the flu.
Health officials recommend that anyone six months of age and older get a flu shot, especially those in the high-risk category (people 65 years and older, pregnant women, young children, people with the flu. certain diseases and others). The flu vaccine is still available locally. You can get a flu shot at Murray County Health Department (709 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road), Whitfield County Health Department (800 Professional Blvd.), and many doctor’s offices and drugstores.
Here are more tips from the CDC to help you avoid getting the flu:
• Take daily preventive measures that are recommended to reduce the spread of influenza.
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to avoid infecting them.
• Cover coughs and sneezes.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after using it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you don’t have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs have spread this way.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause influenza.
• For the flu, the CDC recommends that people stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone, except to seek medical attention or other necessities. The fever should go away without the need for fever medication. Note that the stay-at-home guidelines for COVID-19 may be different.
• In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, local governments or public health departments may recommend that additional precautions be taken in your community.
Valdosta Daily Times. December 8, 2021.
Editorial: Blood in shortage; give the gift of life
Give the gift of life
Blood is still lacking at this time of year.
Your blood donation can be the gift of life.
Donors of all blood groups are welcome to donate. To make an appointment to donate, those wishing to give life can use the free blood donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) .
According to the American Red Cross:
– Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood.
– Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the United States
– Almost 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the United States
– Blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
– Sickle cell disease is estimated to affect 90,000 to 100,000 people in the United States. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Patients with sickle cell disease may require frequent blood transfusions throughout their life.
– More than one million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
– A single victim of a car accident may require up to 100 pints of blood.
– Although approximately 38% of the US population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10% of this eligible population actually does so each year.
– Blood cannot be made, it can only come from donors.
The Red Cross said donating blood usually takes less than 10 to 12 minutes. The whole process, from your arrival to your departure, takes around an hour and 15 minutes. Donors can save time by completing a RapidPass on the day of their donation before arriving at the blood drive.
All blood groups are needed to ensure a reliable supply to patients, according to the American Red Cross.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other pieces of identification are required at check-in. People aged 17 (16 with parental consent in some states), weighing at least 110 pounds, and generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and under must also meet certain height and weight requirements.
We encourage healthy adults who can help save lives by donating blood.