“When all the wounds of war are healed/And hate’s grim sorrows fade/With pulsing heart we’ll read the part/The Red Cross Nurses played,” reads a poem in the Nov. 23, 1918 publication of The Oteen.
In October of 1918, as the flu pandemic infected Asheville residents, the Masonic Temple opened its doors to the city’s sick African-American population.
Tips are highly encouraged at this competitive bartending event, not only to raise extra funds, but also because the celebrity guest with the most overflowing jar will be crowned the Mardi Gras King or Queen. The benefit night is at various bars on Fat Tuesday, March 29.
Even as the holidays come barreling toward us, some folks around the globe fear the mythical planet Nibiru may be doing the same and will trigger some unspecified cataclysm on Dec. 21. Notwithstanding the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, however, local agencies seem focused on preparing for more realistic potential threats. Although it may not be the end of the world, Western North Carolina does remain vulnerable to a wide range of natural and human-made catastrophes, including floods, blizzards, fires and even nuclear accidents.
Ever thought of helping when there’s a disaster, like the tornadoes that struck Rutherford County recently? The local branch of the Red Cross regularly offers training for volunteers. Here’s a report from the latest session.
Severe winter weather canceled blood drives across the region, drastically reducing the local blood supply. Still, a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion every two seconds. In honor of this season of love, why not give the gift of life at one of a number of area blood drives?