• Mossville Cub Scout Den 5 hosts blood drive at Mossville School

• IVC sports schedule ... **changes for baseball team

• Today's activities include ...

Be prepared — it’s the mission of the American Red Cross and the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and while blood supplies are sufficient, there continues to be an increased need for O negative type blood.

Today Cub Scout Den 5 from Mossville Pack 50 will celebrate 100 years of service by hosting a blood drive with the Heart of America Region of the American Red Cross. In working together, the Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America can make a difference to patients in need of life saving blood.

“The Scouts wanted to host a blood drive as a way to help people in need,” said Matt Zick, den leader of Den 5, through a press release. “The Scouts and the Red Cross have a long history of service in the community. We’re glad to have this chance to join together and show the boys how they can continue that service in their own community.”

The Cub Scout Den 5 from Mossville Pack 50 and American Red Cross Blood Drive is from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Mossville Grade School Mini Gym, 12207 N Galena Rd.

The Cub Scouts will be volunteering at the blood drive and encouraging family and friends to donate blood. Donors can call 1800-GIVE LIFE or Matt Zick at 363-9904 to schedule an appointment, which is recommended. All presenting donors will receive a chance to win a Cub Scout popcorn basket. 

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. 

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors younger than 19 years also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Sports schedule:

Varsity baseball — changed to home at 4:15 p.m. vs. Peoria Central due to poor field conditions in Peoria

Varsity softball — at Kewanee High School at 4:30 p.m.

Freshmen baseball — at Rock Falls High School at 4:45 p.m.
Today's activities include ...

SEMI-ANNUAL CEMETERY CLEANUP is today. Remove anything to be saved before that date, as all items left on graves will be discarded on that date. To save grave decorations if unable to get them, call Al Ginger at 303-7861 before March 29, or city clerk Sharon A. Crabel at City Hall at 274-5518, to arrange to have the items held until April 5.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE is 1-6 p.m. today at the Chillicothe Public Library. For appt., call Catherine Barnett at 274-2719. All presenting donors are eligible to enter a raffle for a pair of Carrie Underwood tickets at the Peoria Civic Center April 7.