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Dec. 24 Community News

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Today

Blood donors needed

The Eastern N.C. Blood Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive, is open today from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Blood donors are needed. Walk-ins welcome; appointments recommended. Call Call 758-1140 or 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Wrapping fundraiser

Holiday gift-wrapping by the Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina continues through today outside the Belk department store’s fragrance entrance at the Greenville Mall, 714 S.E. Greenville Blvd. Prices will vary based on gift size and other factors. All proceeds will go directly to the animals of the Humane Society. Call 413-7247.

Coming Up

Research study

A research team is conducting a non-invasive research study about the relationship between brainwaves and cognitive function. Senior adults are needed for the study. Appointments begin in January.Call the Council on Aging at 752-1717 to be a part of this research.

Grief support groups

■ Parkers Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 2241 Old Pactolus Road, will offer a GriefShare support group from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 9-April 3. GriefShare is a program where people can find support and healing following the death of a loved one.

■ Pathways to Hope is an ongoing grief support group that meets from 5:30-7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Vidant Wellness Center, 2610 Stantonsburg Road. The free program is offered by Vidant Home Health and Hospice. Individuals may come and go based on their needs with no start date or end date. For further information call 252-847-1236.

TOPS open house

A Greenville chapter of Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) will hold an open house from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 at the Pitt County Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road. Information about this weight loss support group will be provided. For more information call 364-2901.

MLK Celebration

The Interfaith Clergy of Pitt and Martin Counties will present the fifth annual Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Celebration, “Empowered and Justice for All,” at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church Soul Saving Station, 2921 Briery Swamp Road, Stokes. The keynote speaker will be Associate Justice Michael L. Morgan of the N.C. Supreme Court. The event also will feature a high school honor guard, musical celebrations, youth-led presentations, a step team, MLK service awards and other community and civic leaders. The public is invited; a freewill offering will be received. For more information contact Rodney Coles Sr. at RodneyCON2007@gmail.com or 717-9600.

Gardening event

Mark Weathington, director of J.C. Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University, will talk about “Gardening in the South” at 10 a.m. on Jan. 26 at the Pitt County Agricultural Center Auditorium, 403 Government Circle. Advance tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for Friends of the Arboretum. Advance tickets are available at the Pitt County Cooperative Extension office and Wild Birds Unlimited. Tickets at the door will be $30. For more information, call 902-1709.

Annual Blanket Drive

Restoring the Hoop is accepting donations of gently used blankets and coats at drop-off locations located at Quality Collision Repair East. 4792 N.C. 33; Uniforms PRN, 615 Washington Square Mall, Washington; Quality Collision Repair, 4758 Reedy Branch Road, Winterville; Gamboa Family Dentistry, 2207 Evans St.; Wirth Chiropractic, 704 E. Arlington Blvd. All donations received are provided to Native Americans. For more information, call 916-6546 or visit Restoring the Hoop Inc. on Facebook.

Veterans services

The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 37 is now open to help disabled veterans with their claims for benefits from 8 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturdays each month and from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Thursday at its office located in the JOY Soup Kitchen, 700 Albemarle St., Greenville. No appointment needed. First come, first served. For more information, call  493-4954.

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