GAB: Kroger seeks donations for Project Overcoat

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Metro Atlanta Kroger stores are seeking donations for the 2012 Project Overcoat campaign, an effort aiming to provide 25,000 new or gently used coats and blankets to those in need.

Those wishing to donate can stop by any metro Atlanta area Kroger between now and Jan. 21.

"With our coldest months still ahead and high unemployment rates, more metro residents will be in need of coats and blankets than ever before," said Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger's Atlanta division.

"This year, Kroger's Atlanta Division has set out to collect 25,000 coats and blankets, and with the help of our customers and partners, we know we can help keep our friends and neighbors warm," Jenkins said.

To participate, donations can be placed in Project Overcoat bins located at the front of each store. All donations will be distributed to the United Way and Atlanta Mission.

For 23 years, Project Overcoat has worked to provide thousands of men, women and children with jackets and blankets.DULUTH -- Much like the emergency room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Officials with the organization said it's through the everyday support of blood and platelet donors that the Red Cross can be prepared to provide services.

"The Red Cross is very appreciative of our loyal blood and platelet donors who give of themselves to help save the lives of others," said Mario Sedlock, director of donor services. "We would not be able to meet the needs of patients in the hospitals that we serve without their support."

Sedlock said the support of donors is particularly important during the winter months. The Southern Blood Services Region has seen a 20 percent decrease in blood donations over the last three weeks. The decline is not uncommon during the winter when holiday planning, seasonal illness and travel often prevent donors from making regular blood donations.

Located at 3090 Premiere Parkway, Suite 500, the Duluth Blood Donation Center is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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