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Snowstorm causes urgent need for blood donors


The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors throughout the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region to give blood or platelets following the recent winter storm, which has compounded a severe winter blood shortage.

Snow and icy roads forced 27 blood drives to cancel in the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region, causing about 750 donations to go uncollected. Last month, nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel across the country due to severe weather, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected. Overall, hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors and weather contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed.

Honoring service


The Varina Ruritan Club honored four people at its annual “Person of the Year” awards in November. Winners, pictured from left, were John “Kenny” Simon – Henrico firefighter of the year; Phyllis Schmick – Varina Ruritan of the year; Henry Wheeler – Varina First Citizen of the year; Karen Kimbrough – Henrico police officer of the year.

Stitching group donates to group home for children


A Glen Allen organization is making the holidays a little brighter for some children in need.

Stitchers for a Cause, a Glen Allen-based organization, recently made 45 quilts that will be donated to the residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services for Christmas. Jackson-Feild Homes is a behavioral health organization serving children with severe emotional disorders. The program is located in Jarratt, but most of its residents are from the Richmond region.

Christmas Eve services planned

The following churches in Henrico County are among those that will hold Christmas Eve services Dec. 24: Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave. – 4 p.m. (family), 6 p.m. (modern), 8:30 p.m. (traditional) and 11 p.m. (traditional); Welborne United Methodist Church, 920 Maybeury Dr. – 5 p.m. (family) and 8 p.m. (traditional); River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. – 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Oak Hall Baptist Church, 1877 Old Hanover Rd. – 4:30 p.m.; St. John’s Catholic Church, 813 W. Nine Mile Rd. – 5:30 p.m.; Highland Springs United Methodist Church, 22 N. Holly Ave. – 7 p.m.; Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. – 7 p.m.;

L’Arche celebrates Christmas


At the invitation of Sidney Padow, Santa and Mrs. Claus joined families from L’Arche Metro Richmond at Padow’s Deli Dec. 11. Padow's is the home of regular second Sunday socials with L’Arche (rhymes with “marsh”) as members work toward their dream of establishing the first L'Arche home in the area. The group also hosts charity days, celebrations, "Pizza with the Pastor" and other social events.

Stuck on repeat


Highland Springs High School is celebrating a football dynasty, following the Springers' second consecutive 5A state championship last week. Chris Thaxton caught the game-winning three-yard touchdown with 26 seconds left to help the Springers defeat Stone Bridge of Ashburn, 35-29. Highland Springs finished 14-1.

Quarterback Juwan Carter threw three touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Springers, who prior to last year's championship hadn't won a state title since 1961. Now, Highland Springs is basking in the limelight again.

Glen Allen residents win $50k on ABC’s ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’


Glen Allen residents Al and Esther Thompson won $50,000 on ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" Monday night. The couple's home, which is decorated for the holidays with more than 170,000 lights and hundreds of homemade items, competed against three others in the country for the prize.

The house, at 9716 Wendhurst Drive, has been featured on a number of local and national television and radio shows in years past.

Local companies partner for winter clothing drive

Lee Conner Realty and Keen Insurance in Sandston are partnering with Risen Army Ministries to host a winter clothes drive for children and teens. The companies specifically are seeking coats, knitted hats and socks for children ages 3 to 17.

New or gently used items may be dropped off at either Lee Conner Reality and Associates, Inc., Suite A, or Keen Insurance, Suite D at 309 E. Williamsburg Road in Sandston.

Glen Allen residents to appear on ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ Monday on ABC


Al and Esther Thompson's Glen Allen home will be featured on the ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" Monday at 9 p.m. The couple's home is decorated for the holidays with more than 170,000 lights and hundreds of homemade items.

The couple's house, at 9716 Wendhurst Drive, is one of several that will compete on the show for a $50,000 prize. The show was taped in October.

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