Buzz: Salvation Army’s Coat Drive begins Nov. 23-Dec.21. Blood Assurance blood drive on Black Friday. Chieftains Museum to celebrate 200 years in 2019.

Buzz: Salvation Army’s Coat Drive begins Nov. 23-Dec.21. Blood Assurance blood drive on Black Friday. Chieftains Museum to celebrate 200 years in 2019.

From the Salvation Army of Rome: New and gently used coats and winter gear will be accepted Nov. 23-Dec. 21 at the following locations:

  • ServiceMaster by Twins
  • Rome Cleaners
  • Hawthorn Suites
  • Maximum One Realty
  • River City Bank
  • The Salvation Army

All sizes are needed, from newborn to adult 4X. This year’s goal is to provide any person in need with a warm coat, free of charge. Your donation will have an immediate impact on those in need.This year, our hope is to collect 500 coats which will be distributed through The Salvation Army Social Service Office.

Blood Assurance is partnering with Forum on Ice to offer a community blood drive on Friday, November 23 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Forum River Center in downtown Rome. The first 20 donors will receive a free pass to ice skate at Rome’s new Forum on Ice. “Collections are historically low during the holiday season, and usage is up, so we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with this exciting new experience in our Rome community to engage blood donors to save local lives and have a great time doing it,” said Mandy Perry, Community Liaison of Blood Assurance. The bloodmobile will be parked at the front of the Forum River Center next to Town Green at 301 Tribune Street and receiving donors from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Donors can schedule their blood donation appointment online at or by texting BAGIVE to 444999. Donors must be 18 years ofage to donate (16 & 17 year olds with parental consent), weigh at least 110 lbs, and be in general good health.

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home invites the community to help commemorate a milestone in the history of the museum in 2019. Next year will mark the 200th anniversary of Cherokee leader Major Ridge coming to the house that is Chieftains Museum. The museum plans to host a full calendar of special events in 2019 with at least one program per month to commemorate this important anniversary. Events will include special exhibits, workshops, musical and dance performances, lectures, and a new archaeology dig on the museum campus. The community is invited to take part in these special events by becoming part of the museum’s Step Up! membership campaign for 2019. Chieftains Museum is one of only five National Historic Landmarks that exist in north Georgia and one of the few private entities to be certified by the National Park Service as a site on the Trail of Tears. With all of these important designations, however, the museum receives no funding from federal, state, or local government agencies to maintain or operate the museum. Instead, income for the museum is generated through fundraising events, grants, admission fees, and museum memberships. Museum memberships start at $20 for students and come with special benefits including free museum admission, a 10% discount in the museum store and special access to members only events. Membership information can be found online at

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