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Think outside the gift box: Donate blood and give more life

The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities >


Cissna Park
12/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 124 South Second Street

12/6/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Donovan High School, 600 North St

12/14/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Legion Post 23, South 4th St.


12/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/14/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/28/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
1/4/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive

12/4/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 E. Third

12/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall

12/26/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 175 S Main St
12/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 698 N Locust St

12/11/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

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IEMA Highlights Holiday Safety in December

           Tips offered for preparedness gifts, holiday decorating

SPRINGFIELD – With the holiday season in full swing, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are offering tips to help people stay safe now and into 2018.

“Throughout December, we’ll offer tips to help people safely enjoy the holiday season, as well as provide ideas on gifts that can help friends and family stay safe during all types of emergencies,” said IEMA Acting Director Joe Klinger.

Klinger offered several ideas for preparedness and safety gifts, including the following:

• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alert radio with battery backup, a tone-alert feature and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• First aid kit with sterile bandages and gauze pads in assorted sizes, antiseptic, latex gloves, tweezers, scissors, soap and moistened towelettes, and thermometer
• Home emergency preparedness kit stocked with a three-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food, battery-powered radio, weather radio and flashlights with extra batteries, first aid kit, shut-off wrench (to turn off household gas and water), manual can opener, and fire extinguisher
• Vehicle preparedness kit stocked with a flashlight with extra batteries; first aid kit; water and non-perishable snacks; blankets; windshield scraper and brush; booster cables; sack of sand or kitty litter; tool kit; and shovel
• Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector

Most preparedness gift items can be found in hardware and department stores.

Candles and strings of colored lights create a festive holiday atmosphere, but it’s important to be careful when using them. Candles should never be left unattended and should be placed on stable furniture in fire-safe holders that will catch dripping wax. Holiday lights and electrical decorations should bear the name of an independent testing lab to prove they were safety tested.

IEMA will be posting holiday safety tips throughout December on the Ready Illinois Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (twitter.com/ReadyIllinois) pages. Additional information on emergency preparedness is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

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Bradley's Christmas Parade on Broadway today

The 32nd Annual Bradley Christmas parade is this evening.  The 6:30 event will include Santa Claus' arrival and the winning selectins for Miss Merry Christmas and Master Jack Frost.

The parade includes 5ive marchaing bands, 15 decorated theme floats and several lighted vehicles and walking units.  The theme is "Christmas Thru a Child's Eyes."

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Riverside Flu Clinic Saturday in Watseka

Now’s the time to take necessary precaution against the flu. A flu clinic is offered in Watseka (Saturday) at the Riverside campus.

The potential for the illness is here a little earlier than usual. And Brittani Seagren of Riverside Healthcare says that vaccination can help a lot

The Riverside Healthcare Watseka campus welcomes the public tomorrow from 8 – 11 am. The fee for the flu shot is $30 dollars.

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VAC extends hours, services in Iroquois County

The Veterans Assistance Commission is offered new and extended services at his office in Watseka, beginning today (December1).  Director Jennifer Ingram invites veterans to make an appointment be calling 815-432-2721.  The office is located inside the Administrative Center on Grant Street.

The VAC is expanding days and hours of operation.  The office is open Monday thru Thursday 8 am 'til 12 Noon.

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