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American Red Cross holds blood drive
The next Carteret Street United Methodist Church-sponsored American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, December 1, in the Fellowship Hall from noon until 6 p.m. There is a real need for blood during the Christmas holiday with increased family travel and a reduced donor base. To be eligible to donate you must be 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds; each donor will have a thorough medical screening to ensure safety of the donor and the blood supply.
To make an appointment please call 1-866-611-7137 or log onto www.givelife.org. For the 1-866 number, after you get an answer press 2 (Option 2) for a Savannah-based operator to make your appointment. For the web site, you must register the first time and then for subsequent appointments, you just log on with your user name and PIN and make an appointment. For questions, please call Merle Hoagland (522-2073) or e-mail merle13@embarqmail.com.

Team in Training raises over $38,000
Last May, 17 area residents signed up for Team in Training, a fundraising program for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Through Team in Training, participants raise funds for blood cancer research and train together for a marathon, half marathon or triathlon.
One of their teammates, Wendy Garcia, battled a blood cancer and served as the team’s honored hero.
Sadly, a month before their big event, Wendy and two of her children were killed in a car accident. This tragic event inspired the team to complete their race in her memory renaming themselves Team Wendy. Members of Team Wendy completed the Nike Women’s Marathon and the Savannah Rock N Roll Half Marathon in her memory and have raised more than $38,000 for LLS.
Team in Training is currently recruiting team members for their summer season events. There will be a meeting in Beaufort at  City Java, 301 Carteret St., on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 6 p.m.