Churches open for blood donations

St. Joseph and Spirit of Life Catholic churches are gearing up for community blood drives to help prevent possible blood shortages in the coming weeks.

"In areas with harsh winter weather, cold weather and storms often keep people from donating blood," said Rob Miller, a donor recruitment representative of United Blood Services. "With fewer people donating blood, some parts of the country run the risk of having critical blood shortages."

The St. Joseph blood drive is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Elementary Cafeteria, 108 Third St. N.E. in Mandan. Call 663-9562 for more information.

Spirit of Life will host its blood drive from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Spirit of Life Fellowship Hall, 801 First St. S.E. in Mandan. Call 663-1660 for more information.

Register online at www.bloodhero.com. Donors can complete their health history the day of their donation by visiting www.unitedbloodservices.org.

Service focuses on rites of passage

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Church, 818 E. Divide Ave., in Bismarck is offering a presentation "How Do We Come of Age" as a part of its Rites of Passage Series at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Rev. Karen Van Fossan, with facilitators Seth Johnson and Jeremiah Veach, will talk on how children have grown into adulthood through coming of age ceremonies, challenges and celebrations. 

-- Compiled from press releases. Send information to kimberly.wynn@bismarcktribune.com.

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