News Briefs: Wreaths Across America volunteers needed, Three NAMI groups welcome parents
Wreaths Across America volunteers needed
DARIEN — Volunteers are needed for wreath removal at 9 a.m. Jan. 27 at Darien’s Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery. Officials appreciate the help received in placing the wreaths on Dec. 16 and it is time to remove them. Those interested should meet by the Karl Lang monument in the cemetery.
3 NAMI groups
DARIEN — There are three support groups for parents of kids under 21 with behavioral, emotional and mental health conditions.
Offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Child & Adolescent Network, the free, confidential and safe groups are for families living with mental health challenges. Individuals help one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom.
The groups meet in Darien, New Canaan and Wilton at the following:
First Congregational Church library, 14 Brookside Road, Darien, on the second Mondays of each month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call Karen at 203-984-8329 or Shelagh at 203-461-8582.
Silver Hill Hospital, 208 Valley Road, New Canaan, on the third Tuesday of each month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call Karen at 203-984-8329 or Catherine at 203-673-2917.
Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Arts Center, 49 New St., Wilton, on the fourth Monday of every month, from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Contact Vanessa at 203-970-4130 or Beth at 203-984-0123.
to host blood drive
Norwalk Hospital will host a Red Cross community blood drive to benefit patients from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Patio Room on the fifth floor.
Because the need for blood remains constant, the Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to help keep a supply on hand for when they are needed. Donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. The Red Cross recommends drinking plenty of fluids on the day of donation, wearing comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up, eating iron-rich foods in the weeks prior to donation and bringing a list of any medications taken along with a photo I.D. or blood donor card.
The actual donation only takes about 10 to 12 minutes, but donors should allow one hour for registration, a confidential health history session and refreshments after their donation.
Undie Sunday in Norwalk
The United Church of Rowayton in Norwalk is conducting an underwear drive for children and adults, Undie Sunday, through Jan. 24. Donations of new underwear in the original packaging is requested. For information, conctact Bill Peltz at 203-858-0230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.