Buzz: Habitat accepting applications through Feb. 25; what to know. Blood Assurance, stung by weather and COVID cancellations, needs donors.

Buzz: Habitat accepting applications through Feb. 25; what to know. Blood Assurance, stung by weather and COVID cancellations, needs donors.

Habitat for Humanity-Coosa Valley will open applications for homeownership for families in Floyd, Chattooga, and Polk counties. Those interested in homeownership, applications are available online at https://www.habitatcoosavalley.org and are due with all supporting documents by Feb. 25.
Information sessions are offered for residents of Chattooga, Floyd, and Polk counties interested in applying for the Habitat program. The first information session will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at Boys & Girls Club at 211 E. Main St., Rome.  The second information session will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Cedartown City Hall at 201 East Ave.  and the last session will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at the Chattooga County Civic Center at 44 Highway 48, Summerville.
Attendance is not required for the informational sessions, but is highly encouraged. To register, call the Habitat office at 706-378-0030.

Blood Assurance is experiencing a sharp increase in cancellations because of winter weather and the Covid-19 omicron variant. Since Jan. 1, dozens of businesses and organizations have reconsidered holding their planned mobile blood drives. As a result, more than 800 units of blood that would have been used to treat patients at area hospitals, are no longer available. As of Thursday morning, there was less than a three-day supply of O-positive, A-positive, A-negative and B-negative blood in the Blood Assurance service area.
Those worried about donating blood during the pandemic should know that the blood supply remains safe from Covid-19. There is no evidence that Covid-19 can be transmitted through blood, according to America’s Blood Centers. Blood Assurance also requires all staff members to wear masks and maintains a safe and sanitary environment.
To encourage people to donate life-saving blood, Blood Assurance is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to all whole blood donors who give through Sunday, Jan. 9. Additionally, individuals who donate platelets, plasma or double red cells, will be given a $20 Amazon gift card. The promotion applies to all mobile blood drives and brick-and-mortar facilities.
Whole blood and double red cell donors can schedule an appointment online at bloodassurance.org/schedule, or by calling 800-962-0628, or texting BAGIVE to 999777. Plasma and
platelet donors can call their local centers to schedule. Walk-ins will be accepted.


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