Sloot will speak about his deployments
to Afghanistan and his experiences in the Reserves. He is a
mobilization officer stationed in Darien, Ill., and is the son of
George and Ruth Sloot of Lincoln.
Devotions for the meeting will be
given by Carol Mills. Greeters will be Marcia Howen and Carolyn
Smith. Social chairwomen are Nancy Gehlbach, Karen Lowery and Ellen
Club women will be selecting two
members to serve on the nominating committee for the coming year.
Members are asked to bring items for Sojourn.
Cross calls for blood donors after severe weather
need for platelet donors, blood donors with types O, A-negative and
PEORIA — As severe winter
weather begins to subside, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible
blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in
Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were canceled across
the U.S. due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations
resulted in a shortfall of nearly 8,400 blood and platelet donations
since Jan. 2.
"It's the blood products already on the shelves that help save
lives when severe weather hits," said Shelly Heiden, community CEO
of the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. "Thanks to
generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood products were
available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the
weather. Now we invite those previously 'frozen out' from giving
blood or platelets to come in soon."
Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand
blood types — O-positive and negative, A-negative, and B-negative —
are urgently needed to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to
offset the shortfall.
Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by
cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so
donations are constantly needed. Red blood cells, the
oxygen-carrying component of blood, are the most widely transfused
blood product and must be transfused within 42 days.