The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors. Severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of cancelled blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall. In South Carolina, winter weather conditions during the month of January have led to 25 blood drives being cancelled. Schedule your donation appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, by visiting www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Help save a life by participating in one of the following American Red Cross blood donation opportunities: 2-7 p.m. today, Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, St. Francis Xavier High School, 15 School St.; 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, YMCA of Sumter, 510 Miller Road; and 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, Lakewood High School, 350 Old Manning Road.
"Saturday Morning Coffee with the Judge" will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 155 Wall St. This free seminar will help attendees learn about estate planning. Featured topics include use of wills to pass assets to heirs and beneficiaries; burial policies / insurance policies; and burial plots. Refreshments provided and door prizes to include preparation of Last Will and Testament. Call the church office at (803) 775-4041 to register for the event.
Scholarship Bootcamp: Manning High School Edition will be held 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 27, in the lecture hall of Manning High School, 2155 Paxville Highway, Manning. Services will include essay writing assistance, assistance in completing scholarship packets, college resum assistance and institutional scholarship search. Students need to sign up by speaking with a counselor in the guidance office.
The Sumter County Democrats will host its 2018 Precinct Reorganization at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Sumter County Judicial Center, 215 N. Harvin St., in the jury meeting room on the first floor. All local Democrats are encouraged to attend to elect precinct leaders to serve the county party. Contact Allen Bailey at (803) 316-1976 or email@example.com.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202 will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 310 Palmetto St. Call Barbara at (803) 607-3910.
The Sumter County Historical Society will meet at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Temple Sinai, Church Street. Elizabeth Moses, of the Sumter County Museum, will present an update on the partnership of the temple and the museum along with providing insight into the history of the temple and the plans for the future.
VFW Post 10813 will hold a "4th Sunday Wine & Cheese Affair" from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 610 Manning Ave. Come and support our veterans and families programs.
The Network Organization of Women will host a free legal workshop with South Carolina Legal Aide Services 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St. Featured topics will include landlord and tenant, foreclosure, probate and family law (divorce, custody, foster care, etc.). Preregistration before Jan. 29 is required either online at www.yournowonlinehelp.org or by calling toll free (866) 376-4767.
The Lee County Branch of the NAACP will sponsor its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Lee Central High School cafeteria, 1800 Wisacky Highway, Bishopville. Retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Detective Garry McFadden, of Investigation Discovery's "I Am Homicide," will speak. Tickets for the event are $25 and must be purchased in advance from a committee member. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lincoln High School Class of 1964 will meet at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, at the Historic Lincoln Center conference room, 20 Council St. For additional information, call (803) 773-3804 or (808) 775-9660.
The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Rebecca Sears, director, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Sumter Senior Services, will speak. Contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at (803) 775-5792 or email@example.com.